Pike Co. students get lessons in safe driving

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - High school students from across Pike County got to spend the day learning about the dangers of things like texting and driving and not wearing your seat belt.

Transportation officials teamed up with Kentucky State Police to bring in a rollover simulator to show students what happens in those accidents.

Students from every high school in Pike County took part in the event. Officials say it is a great way for them to learn about the dangers that can occur while driving.

The simulator shows what happens to people in a car when it flips.

Officials talked to students about the dangers of texting while driving and say many of the teenagers were not aware it is illegal to do so.

They also let students wear goggles that demonstrate the effects of drinking alcohol and discussed dangers of impaired driving.

"To make them more aware of driving responsibilities, seatbelt usage, distracted driving with texting and talking on a cell phone, and to make them aware of the laws," said KSP Trooper Shaun Little.

Officials say Pike County is number one in the state for fatal car accidents.

There were about 150 students total that attended the event.

Officials take the rollover simulator all across the state to promote safe driving.

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