What’s Working: Teen safe driving

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In the safety of their own gymnasium, David Crockett students put their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel to learn the real life dangers of the road.

“It’s very important to see things around them that can happen. Text messages — the minute you look down, things can happen,” said Runion.

Senior Kaitlyn Runion is one of dozens of Crockett students who took their turn at the simulator.

“We all know how teenagers are. They are indestructible. They say it can’t happen to me. Adults are the same way. It’s very important to solidify to them that you can’t do this it’s dangerous,” said organizer Robert St. John.

Runion and her classmates also used the Seatbelt Convincer.

“It’s crazy to think how that can affect you at 5 miles per hour,” said Runion.

“Quite honestly it’s very effective in convincing them they have to wear their seatbelt, ” said St. John. A message St. John and the rest of the teachers get before they hit the road.

“It’s important to show them that it’s dangerous,” said St. John.

Both the simulator and the Seatbelt Convincer are free of charge for use at local schools. For more information contact that Governors Highway Safety Office  at www.tntrafficsafety.org

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