Simulator teaches Lakeview students about dangers of impaired, distracted driving

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Lakeview High School impaired driving simulator

CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Students at Lakeview High School learned a lesson on Wednesday that may one day save their lives.

The “Arrive Alive Tour” made a visit to the school.

It’s a virtual-reality impaired driving and texting simulator.

It teaches the students about the dangers of driving while intoxicated as well as driving while texting.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says high school students text more than any other age group, and the number of young drivers who text is only increasing.

School Resource Officer Brandon Rice said many of the students are new drivers, which makes the simulator even more important. 

“These are all new drivers, all of our juniors and seniors that are going to be going to prom this year, so we just wanted to get it out to them so we’d have a chance to run through the simulator and see the real dangers of texting and driving,” Rice said. 

“I think if I’m driving with someone that is texting and driving, I’ll probably tell them not to, and I’ll be like, ‘Hey, let me text for you. I’ll take your phone and text for you instead,'” said Senior Ethan Estlack.

Wednesday’s simulator was made possible by donations from the Fraternal Order of Police and Ohio Metal Works.

Students that failed the test were given a fake “ticket” to keep as a souvenir as a reminder of the lesson.

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