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From Stafford Public Schools

On Wednesday, May 2, North Stafford High School students will experience the dangers of distracted driving through an interactive program from traffic safety non-profit DRIVE SMART Virginia. The program includes a behind-the-wheel simulator that uses a 3D headset to allow participants to drive through real-life road scenarios while using the vehicle’s pedals and steering wheel.

Students will also experience the dangers of impaired driving with a tricycle obstacle course. This course uses goggles that simulate different impairment levels to demonstrate the difficulty of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The event, in its fifth year, is funded by State Farm. Programs like this are important as traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. There were 29 teen drivers killed and 5,912 injured in Virginia alone last year. The day-long event at North Stafford High School includes a speaker who was injured as a teenage driver, the behind-the-wheel simulator, and the tricycle obstacle course.

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