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Teens from all across North Carolina met in Raleigh for a weekend-long conference aimed at keeping kids safe. (Credit: WTVD-TV)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Teens from all across North Carolina met in Raleigh for a weekend-long conference aimed at keeping kids safe.

WTVD-TV reported that the participants were members of the group SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions.

The conference was held just one week after a fatal crash in Harnett County.

Troopers said three young men were killed and two 17-year-old girls were left in critical condition after the driver tried to run through a checkpoint. Police believe alcohol was involved.

At the conference, students pledged to not drive drunk, avoid texting and driving and always wear a seatbelt.

“You come to these conferences to learn to not make those careless mistakes which could ultimately change your life forever,” said Mathias Thorpe.

The messages were presented through a “Hunger Games” theme, with the motto: “may your decisions ever be positive.” Students heard from various speakers who shared how poor decisions led to tragic consequences in their lives.

However, some of the teens attending the conference had already experienced losses in their lives motivating them to join the group SADD in the first place.

“I started SADD because one of my friends, Dimetri, was killed by a drunk driver,” said Caroline Edens.

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