High Schoolers Learn About the Driving Dangers

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- One Valley school is hoping to prevent accidents caused by both driving under the influence of illegal substances and using a phone before they even occur.

Valley fire departments and police officers came to show students at East Rockingham High School what it's like to drive distracted on Tuesday. They used a drunk goggles simulator, a texting while driving car, and even let them walk the line for a sobriety test.

Some of the students don't even have a learner's permit yet, but going through the simulators allowed them to prepare to be safer drivers.

"Not to have my phone in my hand, to have it in the cup holder. And, if I have a call, to pull over to answer it. Not to answer a text or anything like that. That would prevent me getting in an accident," said freshman Ariel Kowaleski.

Teen drivers are the cause of some of the biggest texting while driving and driving while drunk accidents.

Valley officers hope these simulators will prevent future pullovers and accidents.