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CNN Evening News for Tuesday, May 03, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Insurance Inst. for Highway Safety statistics on teens & car accidents cited.

(Odessa, Texas: Randi Kaye) The issue of SUV safety examined; details given about one Texas teenager's rollover in her sport utility vehicle; scenes shown of the wrecked car & from the site of crash. [SUV rollover survivor Amanda VICKERY†- describes her SUV, her car accident & why she was wearing her seat belt.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) "Consumer Reports" magazine recommendations of the safest cars for teens outlined on screen.

(Philadelphia: Elizabeth Cohen) The issue of what goes on in the brain of a teenage driver examined; video shown of a high-speed chase on a country road in Maine that ends in a rollover crash; details given {with diagrams} about National Insts. of Health research on the teen brain. [Temple University Dr. Laurence STEINBERG†- says changes in the brain at puberty make us want to take more risk.] Steinberg's experiments with teens & distraction shown.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) How parents track teens using technology examined; scenes shown to illustrate how the tracking system works for one family. [Parents John & Trudy JACOBSON†- talk about an "electronic fence" around their son & controlling his driving.] [Teenager Joe JACOBSON†- calls the tracking "a pain"; admits he does slow down.]

Brown, Aaron;
Kaye, Randi;
Cohen, Elizabeth

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