NOVI (WWJ) – An Oak Park Funeral Home has come up with a rather unique way of driving home the dangers of texting while driving. Area teens spent Sunday evening at the go-cart track at Novi’s Paradise Park  driving and trying to text at the same time.

The idea behind the event – where teens were actually REQUIRED to text and drive at the same time:  to drive home the dangers of texting while behind the wheel of an automobile.  Otto Dube is the Managing Funeral Director of Hebrew Memorial Chapel … which organized Sunday’s event.

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“If we can just save the life of one distracted driver, we know that we will have accomplished an amazing and heartwarming mission,” said Dube.

Teens were given a specific phrase to text while behind the wheel of a go-cart.

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“We’re having them drive around the course … we’ll have them text to our judges ‘be home soon, be home soon,'” said Dube.

Participants were judged on a number of factors … including accuracy, speed and the number of text messages sent.

The “Don’t Text and Drive” event was held at Paradise Park in Novi, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday.

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The inaugural event was held under the watchful eye of the Novi Police Department.