Amid alarming statistics about the number of teens who text or use cell phones while driving, school districts are starting to play a role in educating their students about the dangers of such behaviors.

During a Nov. 20 assembly on distracted driving, students at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va., heard from local law-enforcement and community members about the need to break the dangerous texting-while-driving habit, especially as new drivers behind the wheel.

"Certainly, technology has taken off," said Capt. Susan Culin, commander of Fairfax County Police's traffic division. "And it's the norm for teenagers."

But using cell phones while driving can


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