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Allegheny County Teens Take Part In Safe Driving Competition

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Dozens of teenagers from Allegheny County competed in a safe driving competition Tuesday.

Thirty teens from 10 schools all over Allegheny County put their driving skills to the test. They took part in a safe driving competition held at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

There were three parts to the contest. First up, the behind the wheel portion.

"It seems really easy looking at it, and once you get in there, it's a lot tighter than it seems and I would say it was pretty hard," said Maddie Seel, a junior at Shaler Area High School.

Seel has only had her driver's license for about a month. She moved through the cones with no problem. Other students, who have had a little more experience out on the road, used the test as a way to brush up.

"My test was almost three years ago, so a lot of these things we're going over, I just really, I kind of forgot a little bit," Peter Bartolomucci, of Cornell High School, said.

In addition to the road test, students also took written and perceptual exams.

"The perceptual is we get to see how much kids are actually paying attention when they are on the road and what's going on around them," said Pam Wahal, of Allegheny County Pretrial Services.

This is the fourth year for the competition, which is put together by a number of Allegheny County departments and agencies. The top three scoring teens win prizes beginning at $1,000.

The top two move on to the state competition in Camp Hill. At the end of the day though, organizers say it's not about the money.

"If we can just get through to one student and make them realize the dangers and the importance, we can save lives and that's what it's all about," Wahal said.

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