North Students Learn About the Risks of Distracted Driving, and Driving Under the Influence

Posted by Communications on 3/7/2018

North students learned about the risks of distracted driving, and driving under the influence during a hands-on safety program presented by Banner Health in classrooms, February 26-March 2.  They  also learn the importance of wearing seat belts. Mock exercises involved walking on a designed map, not actually driving.  The students tried to “drive” using a steering wheel while texting, and then perform the activity again without distractions.  The students attempted to “drive” with and without goggles that simulated effects of marijuana and alcohol, using goggles that altered students’ perception.  That distraction activity was timed and performed with and without goggles.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. According to the CDC, a total of 2,333 teens in the U.S. were killed in 2015.