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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The number one killer of our teenagers in this country is not cancer. It's not suicide.

It happens behind the wheel.

Traffic accidents claim the lives of more teenagers than anything else and that is why the Shelby County Sheriff's Office wants to tackle this problem directly.

Sheriff Bill Oldham is launching a new initiative in Shelby County aimed at keeping teenaged drivers focused on the road in front of them and not their smartphone.

According to Gov. Bill Haslam's Highway Safety Office, distracted driving is the number one killer of teenaged drivers in the Volunteer State. This new program called R.I.D.D., or Reduce Impaired Distracted Driving, is a four-step approach to keeping kid's eyes on the road.

R.I.D.D. even includes a brand new unit charged with not only enforcing the distracted driving laws, but figuring out just how to change the habits of teenaged drivers before it's too late.

You'll soon see these vehicles on the road. Sheriff Oldham said the unmarked vehicles will hit the roads looking for motorists who aren't paying attention to the road and they will be writing tickets.

Another major aspect of this program will come in the form of cooperation with neighborhood watch programs and even churches, hoping to educate kids about the dangers of distracted driving.

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