Nichole Hannahs

Testing Teen Driving Skills

by Nichole Hannahs on November 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

Students at Foxfire took a different type of test on Monday, one that didn’t involve studying or books.

The high school and middle school students took part in the "Think First Presentation." The event took students through a distracted driving accident from the time emergency personnel arrive to the legal consequences they could face.

"We actually came down and surveyed the school to see distracted rates here at the school," said Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator Rebecca Geyer. "About 25 percent of their students are distracted even when driving on school property, which increases your risk of being involved in a deadly car accident. Then we actually found that 55 percent of their students aren’t wearing seatbelts on school property."

To drive home the point students took part in interactive stations including the Ohio Department of Transportation Driver Simulator. The simulator prompts students to complete different tasks like make a phone call while trying to keep their eyes on the road.

"We just want to keep them alive. If we can save one more life then that’s what we want to do and we want to make sure they’re safe out there," said Geyer.

In 2011 Ohio Law Enforcement agencies reported 33 fatalities, 450 serious injuries and over 12,000 crashes that were attributed to distracted or fatigued driving.