COLCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)-- Some Connecticut kids got a clear look at the very real dangers of distracted driving. State police put some teens behind the wheel for what they hope is a life saving lesson.
Driving in a car that constantly skids, speeding on sharp turns, and trying to walk with drunk goggles.
"It was intense. I never done that on the road, so it was just different going onto a track where it's allowed, and having an instructor to guide me," said Natalia Luty, Stamford.
Consumer Reports opened up their test track to the 26 cadets, going through a week-long program with State Police, driving a specially equipped car while texting and getting behind a car built to fishtail.
"As I was driving, the instructors were telling me to do step-by-step on how to do it and so it helped me a lot," said Mark Chmieawski, 17, Salem.
The only time they didn't get behind the wheel was when they got to feel what it's like during a police pursuit. They put on helmets while trooper Stan Terry took quick turns at high speeds.
"I think it really scares them at first because they see how dangerous it is in the cones exercises and then when we go live, you can not take it for granted. You can not do the things you think you are capable of doing," said Trooper Stan Terry, training academy.
Some good advice, some good experiences, and inspiring some teens to pursue law enforcement.
"I come from a family that is in the military police, so being a state trooper could be very, very cool," said Luty.
"I think it's all very unique and I think it's great program," said Chmieawski.
From here they head to a firearms range, they go through water safety and will have a graduation ceremony on Sunday.
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