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Seekonk triplets determined to curb distracted driving

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SEEKONK, Mass. -

The Salit boys of Seekonk are kind of a big deal.

Last year, the three teens talked to legislators about the dangers of distracted driving and highlighted the need for "no phone zones" nationwide, and fought for more public education on the topic.

"Getting legislation that provides funding for youth led, youth inspired events such as ours around the country," said Matt Salit.

The Salits say their passion comes from losing a track friend to texting and driving.

"Someone who was texting and driving in the morning killed him on impact, and from there we saw the immediate impact that it had on his community and his friends on their track team, and just knew there was nothing that we even wanted to go through," said Tim Salit.

So far, the Salits have reached thousands of teens across the country, getting many to take the AT&T Texting and Driving It Can W8 pledge. They've also convinced some to wear an orange thumb ring to remind them they promised not to text and drive.

But they're not done. They're promoting a distracted driving summit in Seekonk in March.

"We hosted one event last year, last May at the Statehouse in Boston. And last year's event was open to just Massachusetts schools whereas this year's event is actually open to Massachusetts and Rhode Island schools," said Brian Salit.

The Salits told NBC 10 the event will feature unique interactive simulators and some recognizable guest speakers that they can't reveal.

"It's actually this multimillion dollar trailer that they bring in and it teaches the kids how distracted driving us and all different ways of distracted driving, not just texting and driving," said Brian Salit.

Their goal? To stop distracted driving by changing behaviors.

"We've heard people say that they haven't texted and driving because of us three, which is a pretty rewarding feeling knowing that what we're doing is working and definitely making a difference," said Tim Salit.

The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Teen Distracted Driving Leadership Summit will be held on March 14 at the Hilltop Hotel and Conference Center in Seekonk.

The event is free.

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