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Students use virtual reality to learn about distracted driving

Students use virtual reality to learn about distracted driving

OXNARD, Calif. - A program brought to Channel Island High School is teaching teens to keep their hands on their steering wheel and off their phones while driving.
 

AT & T brought a virtual reality simulator to campus to allow students to come face-to-face with the repercussions of distracted driving.

 

“People don’t think about the effects of driving and texting,” said Senior, Ana Barbosa. “So I think this experience actually helps me and a lot of my peers.”


The virtual reality goggles offer a 360-degree view of real-life simulations and stories of those affected by distracted driving.

 

“I realize that when I’m in cars and my friends are driving and texting, it’s actually a bigger deal that what it is,” said Paolo Valerio, a student. “A lot of people get impacted by that, and it changed my whole perspective.”
 

Last year, the California Highway Patrol issued 97,000 citations for violations of handheld cell phone laws.
 

Locally, the Oxnard Police Department says distracted driving is increasing.

“We search every cell phone we find at collision, scenes and I would say more than half of the time the cell phone was either involved in texting or were just recently involved in texting,” said Officer, Paul Knapp.

 

Knapp says distracted driving education is crucial for teens.

“They are getting in the car, and they are talking to their friends and playing music, and they are getting distracted,” said Knapp. “They don’t realize what the ramifications are.”

 

If you are pulled over for texting while driving, the fines can range anywhere from $20 to hundreds.

A program at Channel Island High School is teaching teens to keep their hands on their steering wheel and off their phones while driving

AT & T brought a virtual reality simulator to campus to allow students to come face-to-face with the repercussions of distracted driving.

"People don't think about the effects of driving and texting," said Senior, Ana Barbosa. "So I think this experience actually helps me and a lot of my peers."

The virtual reality goggles offer 360-degree view of real-life simulations and stories of those affected by distracted driving.

"I realize that when I'm in cars and my friends are driving and texting, it's actually a bigger deal that what it is," said student, Paolo Valerio. "A lot of people get impacted by that and it changed my whole perspective."
Last year, the California Highway Patrol issued 97,000 citations for violations of handheld cellphone laws.
Locally, the Oxnard Police Department says distracted driving is increasing.
"We search every cell phone we find at collision scenes and I would say more than half of the time the cell phone was either involved in texting or were just recently involved in texting," said Officer, Paul Knapp. 

Knapp says distracted driving education is crucial for teens.
"They are getting in the car and they are talking to their friends and playing music and they are getting distracted," said Knapp. "They don't realize what the ramifications are"

If you are pulled over for texting while driving, the fines can range anywhere from $20 to hundreds.


 


 




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