Driving Simulation Aims To Teach Teens Not To Text And Drive


UPDATED: Friday March 1, 2013 5:51 PM

The topic of distracted driving was front and center at one central Ohio high school Friday.

With their 3D glasses in hand and their personal remote controls, nearly 200 teen drivers at Buckeye Valley High School filed into the auditorium, where they embarked on an interactive journey experiencing the effects of dangerous driving.

The two-hour program “Cinema Drive” started with a quiz.

Then the teens got into the minds of three friends. The teens went along as the designated driver gave in to the temptation to drink.

“I thought they gave a different perspective then the normal driving video where they showed all of the blood and gore,” said Marisa Sheppard, a Buckeye Valley Student. “We don't think about the thought process that goes into what people are really thinking when we are in those situations.”

The program took students through several scenarios, but some said it was the piece on texting while driving that hit closest to home.

“It's a normal teenage thing everyone does it at least once,” said Elizabeth Church, a teen driver.

Students said they will take what they learned and remember it the next time they get behind the wheel.

“You always have those friends who like to go out and have a good time, said Wyatt Pfeifer, a Buckeye Valley student. “I feel like it will help me guide them so they don't make the wrong choice.”

Friday was the first time the Cinema Drive program was shown in Ohio, and organizers said the program is an opportunity to educate teen drivers so they'll make better decisions behind the wheel.

AAA sponsored the program and plans to review feedback when deciding whether or not to bring it back in the future.

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