Seniors at New Britain High School participate in a Distracted Driving Program

In partnership with the New Britain Police Department and the National Save a Life Tour, seniors at New Britain High School had the opportunity to learn about the dangers of texting and driving.

According to the official press release, the Save A Life Tour has presented the dangers of drinking and driving to students and military personnel across the country as well as overseas since 2002. However, over the years, nationally and internationally, there has been a growing trend of new driving dangers. Distracted driving, including texting and driving has become a serious problem on our roadways. In 2011, the Distracted Driving Program began spreading awareness of these dangers to students at hundreds of high schools, colleges and universities and corporate events across the country. The Save A Life Tour has visited the Pentagon and has traveled to over 150 different Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force throughout the world.

On Monday morning, seniors at New Britain High School attended an assembly where they watched a video that featured various people that have been impacted due to the fact that they decided to text and drive. Afterwards, students were given a ticket to stop by the simulator during the day. The simulator included an iPhone and various courses which students had to drive through. While they were driving, they would receive messages and would need to respond to them. During the three-minute simulation, over 70% of students crashed the vehicle they were driving in. When the phone was turned off, over 90% of students completed the course without getting into an accident.

We thank the New Britain Police Department and the National Save a Life Tour for bringing the presentation and simulators to NBHS!