Local students test their skills on distracted driving simulator

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

It was a crash course in distracted driving, literally.

Students at Pineville Independent may have missed class Wednesday morning but they still received a valuable lesson.

"It's about more than the classroom, it's about more than stuff in the books, we try to prepare kids for the real world and this is definitely the real world." says Principal Bill Keyes.

Matt McCoy with the department of highways instructed young drivers to do what seem to be simple things like pull out your cell phone. But one driver had to take both hands off the wheel just to accomplish that task.

"It has been found that someone texting and driving is four times as deadly as someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs." he says.

McCoy says regardless of your age or how experienced you are at driving distractions come at a blink of an eye.

"You got to be aware of your surroundings even if you are an experienced driver it just takes a second eyes off the road and you are in an accident." adds McCoy.

And once it was over, it seems as if student got that very message.

"It makes me worry about texting, i probably wont text while driving." says sophomore, Devin Enix.

Principal Keyes says the event was put on by the Family Resource and Youth Service Center at the school.

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