Spokane Valley students get hands on lesson in distracted driving

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by Othello Richards & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY-- A group of Spokane Valley high school students put away the text book and got a real life lesson about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

University High School students experienced a driving school like never before. Wednesday the Ford Driving Skills for Life Program set up camp in the high school’s parking lot.

The lessons taught, controlling a vehicle out of a slide, the dangers of impaired driving, and texting while driving.

Mikaela Hiatt put her texting and driving skills to test. 

Cones that she easily maneuvered through when she gave driving her full attention, she crushed while thumbing the keypad. Not to mention, she missed a road sign telling her go right.

Data shows between five and six thousand teens are killed each year behind the wheel.

In another drill, the students slapped on what instructors dubbed fatal vision goggles.  They simulate impaired driving from alcohol.

Ford instructors say they hope this drill helped students realize their true abilities behind the wheel. 

 

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