Simulator reinforces to students the dangers of driving and texting

Kelowna school officials will be providing a unique opportunity for some local young drivers to demonstrate how texting while driving affects their abilities behind the wheel.

School officials will be providing a unique opportunity for some local young drivers to demonstrate how texting while driving affects their abilities behind the wheel.

According to a news release issued by School District 23, one in four new drivers admit to texting while behind the wheel. So that’s why they are bringing in a simulator to show Grade 11 students their skills while texting.

“Drivers, including our students, don’t realize how poorly they drive when they are texting…until they experience the simulator while texting,” said the school district in the news release.

“They are amazed when they see the things they have missed—pedestrians crossing the road, traffic signal changes, cars that are about to change lanes, and more.”

Dave Gibson, traffic safety officer, says he wants to reach students with the message as they are learning to drive “to show the profound effect it can have on their lives and on the lives of others.” The simulator will be set up at George Elliot Secondary on April 26 and 27, and then at Mount Boucherie Secondary School the following two days.


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