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FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) - It's National "Don't Text and Drive" Day, a special day set aside to help educate people about the dangers of texting from behind the wheel.  Students at McCluer North High School are getting a close-up look at how dangerous texting and driving can be.

AT&T recently conducted a survey that found 97 percent of teens say they know texting behind the wheel is dangerous. That survey also found that 75 percent of teens say that texting while driving is common among their friends.  That's a terrifying combination of statistics that show just how at-risk our high school drivers are when they get behind the wheel.

You'll remember back in 2010, two teenagers were killed and 38 others injured in a four-vehicle accident near Grey Summit, Missouri, that involved two school buses from the St. James, Missouri, school district.

The NTSB concluded the wreck likely started because the driver of a pickup truck became distracted while texting. That driver was a teenager.