Texting-Driving Awareness Comes To MCHSSep 26th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Community News
By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
PEER Awareness, an organization out of Grand Rapids, Mich., is making the rounds to universities and now high schools, and this week came to Madison High School with their texting and driving awareness program. The program came to Madison through the sponsorship of the Madison Junior Auxiliary. Mary K Blume, the project chairman, said that MCHS was one of the first high schools to have the program and was thrilled they were here. She believes it will make a difference for the students. Part of this difference might include the statistics given, such as drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash, eight times more likely to crash than a person drinking alcohol and that more than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injuries and deaths. The program involved a 30-minute film and a simulator that was the high point of the event. Students got into an actual stabilized car, put on a head visor that was programmed with a simulated road coarse and texted from an actual cellphone. The car’s driving equipment, along with the phone, was hooked up to sensors attached to a computer that monitored the driver’s progress. At the end of the drive, the computer showed potential problems or crashes. Blume said she watched as some of the students came out of the simulator with white faces and hopes that they will take what they learned with them.
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