BANGOR – Local high school students had a little bit of a bumpy ride, learning about the dangers of distracted driving Wednesday.
The learning opportunity has been going on at one school for years and continues to find an effective way to reach students.
At Bangor High School students are getting a crash course in driving safety. One student stated “It kind of stunned me, because I didn’t think the impact would be that much really.”
With the help of highway safety educators, these health class students are learning about the dangers of distracted driving through various simulations.
This year one the activities they get to test out is the seat belt convincer. It releases students down a slope at a rate of five miles per hour, before an impact simulator at the bottom of the slope, giving students plenty to be convinced about.
One organizer stated “They’re just pretty surprised the amount of force five miles an hour creates, but actually, the way science works, if you double the velocity of a crash, the impact would be four times greater.”
In the class room students are getting a crash course on texting and driving, and as you can imagine, didn’t do too well. “I did fairly okay.” one student named Blake said. when asked “What’s fairly okay?” she replied “I may have ran over a cat (laughs).”
And while the students got a chance to have some laughs this class gives them a greater knowledge that the implications can be costly. With a student saying “I wouldn’t say we’re dumb, but we’re not as experienced so, we don’t understand the impact it could have.”