School aims to get drivers’ attention in Vail Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado “-Vail Christian High School is one of 20 high schools in the country chosen to host a safe driving exposition sponsored by the National Youth Traffic Safety Council.
May is the most dangerous month for teenage drivers, according to the Council, so the event happens at a time when it can make a big difference, said Vail Christian High School Principal Jeremy Lowe.
The school applied to the Council to host the program and received a $1,000 grant to help pay for it. The public exposition, scheduled for Friday, will showcase things like a seat belt simulator that shows how crucial seat belts are even at low speeds, Lowe said.
There will also be a car on display that has been in a high-speed crash, as well as go-cart rides and a Nintendo Wii driving game where distracted drivers will try to remain focused on the road.
“We’re going to ask them to do simple tasks, like reach behind them to grab a cell phone, answer the phone, send a text message, look behind at a crying child,” Lowe said. “It’ll show how it’s almost impossible to react to anything on the road (with those distractions).”
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Deputy Megan Richards, the school resource officer for Edwards schools, said she is proud of Vail Christian High School for being able to host this event. She said the Sheriff’s Office hopes other schools in the county can host the event in the future.
“Youth traffic safety is always important,” she said.
Lowe said Vail Christian’s focus is on text messaging, which is a big problem among teenagers.
People who have been in accidents caused by distracted driving will share their stories at the school. One woman’s boyfriend was killed as a result of a driving distraction, Lowe said.
“It’s about just being aware,” he said.
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