The number of deadly wrecks involving teens is on the rise in North Carolina.
It has reached a level that North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers are now looking at how teens are taught to drive.
They're partnering with the nonprofit group Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe (BRAKES). The group's goal is to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers.
State troopers said it is similar hands-on training that they go through to handle adverse conditions on the road.
Doug Herbert came up with the program after he lost his sons in a wreck in 2008 in Cornelius.
"I just decided that it was unacceptable to do nothing and so we had to do something," Herbert said.
BRAKES recently showed Eyewitness News how the training works while on a driving course at Gaston College.
Leyna Brown, 18, was one of the teens going through the program. She said without the hands-on training, she wouldn't know what to do.
"I would've probably slammed on my brakes and wrecked or something. Now I know how to do it and I probably could survive it," Brown said.
Troopers said it's a good program that offers experiences teens don't get in their basic driver's ed training class.
State Trooper Randy Lankford said, "These teens will be in a situation at some point in their lives where they will encounter one of these situations where they will need to know what to do to prevent an accident."
So far, more than 4,000 teenagers have been through the BRAKES program.