PEERS Partners With State Farm For A Montana School Distracted Driving Tour
State Farms Insurance in conjunction with the PEERS, a health and wellness foundation based in Grand Rapids, MI completed a four school tour in Montana to provide students an opportunity to experience distracted driving. The experience starts with students sitting behind the wheel of an actual vehicle and wear goggles displaying distracted and impaired driving on a virtual road. The student has to try to manage controlling the car under these conditions. They feel it is a great way to learn the true ramifications of distracted and impaired driving.
The four school tour consisted of Frenchtown, Billings Central, Belgrade and Butte High. The experience was covered by several local Montana news organizations.
Watch this video from a different school which demonstrates the impaired driving simulator.
Check out what the students had to say about the simulator experience:
French Town –
Briggeman, Kim. “Simulator teaches high-schoolers dangers of impaired, distracted driving.”Missoulian 04 10 2011. Web. 1 Nov. 2011. http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_b2340922-ef03-11e0-b22f-001cc4c002e0.html
“Texting and driving dangers highlighted in Frenchtown.” KPAX News 05 10 2011. Web. 1 Nov. 2011.http://www.kpax.com/news/texting-and-driving-dangers-highlighted-in-frenchtown
“Car Simulator Shows Students What It’s Like To Drive Drunk And Distracted.” KTVM NBC 07 10 2011. Web. 1 Nov. 2011.http://www.nbcmontana.cm/ktvm/29412935/detail.html
Billings Central –
Benoit, Zach. “Central students get hands-on look at dangers of texting, drinking while driving.”Billings Gazette 28 09 2011. Web. 1 Nov. 2011. http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/education/article_e3b6c083-4b80-5ac3-9537-56aadf85aaa4.html?oCampaign=hottopics