Prevention program shows Whitesboro HS students dangers of driving impaired

By: firstnews@kxii.com
By: firstnews@kxii.com

WHITESBORO, TX ― Students at Whitesboro High School got a firsthand look at the dangers of driving impaired Friday. A company called ‘Peers’ sponsors a virtual reality driving program designed to show students the effects of drinking and driving.

The students got behind the wheel wearing "simulation goggles" and drove through a neighborhood with many obstacles in the way― including people.

Counselors say the students are amazed at how quickly they loose control of the vehicle and crash.

"You’re seeing a lot of them really coming to the realization of just how dangerous it is to be behind the wheel while drinking and driving, " Whitesboro High School intervention counselor Vince Sharp said.

Friday morning’s program was so successful more than 200 students pledged not to drink and drive.


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  • by Teetotaler on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Everyone seems to be forgetting that when people drink, they lose their better judgement and will do things they normally wouldn't do if they were sober. When sober it's one thing to decide you won't drive drunk, but when someone is drunk they can't make a rational decision like that. You know, if they're too drunk to drive safely then they're going to be too drunk to know that they can't drive safely. What we need to do is discourage underage drinking... or discourage drinking at all.
  • by K Location: Whitesboro on Jan 26, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    This is to Scott, unfortunately there isn't drivers ed anymore! I THINK THAT IS A BIG PART OF THE PROBLEM!! When I was in school in the mid 90's it was part of our school day! Now days teens don't even have to take a driving test with a patrolman in the car with them. All first time drivers should have to feel that fear of the offficer sitting next to them while they are trying to parrallel park! I guess things have just changed too much since then, and not for the better! And YES Whitesboro is a GREAT place to live!
  • by Scott Location: Whitesboro on Jan 26, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    This is a great tool, but have them visit the emergency room, volunteer to work with the nurses, and see what a body looks like when it has been pulled from an accident. I spent time at the hospital in our community where I grew up and after pushing strechers around with the remains of bodies from accidents that were caused by intoxicated drivers it cured any aspect of that thought. That will cure anyone. As one who witnessed four of his high school classmates be involved in a head on crash all but one ejected from the truck(three lost their lives and the forth was maimed forever) it cured me! What ever happened to Driver Ed films? Now what about drugs and driving? They both impare judgement and ability.
  • by Formerly of WHS Location: McKinney on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    I think this sounds extremely beneficial. Our children today do live in a technology society that can literally show the students how it feels when you get behind the wheel. I think WHS will benefit from this. I know when I was in Whitesboro there was a lot of underage drinking, and there were accidents because of this. I hope this keeps more children safe. As for those who like to mouth Whitesboro, it was a great place to grow up. It may not have seemed that way, but it was. I would raise my children there in a heartbeat.
  • by Whitesboro Mom on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    If you TALK to your kids about what goes on in their life daily, you stand a good chance of having a good kid. With the recent wreck involving teens from here AND the simulation program, I feel like my son has a better idea of the consequences of being irresponsible (ie drinking, not paying attention, etc.). Thanks WHS staff for having this program! And for you, Ex-Whitesborean, glad you're gone! Come back for a visit, though. We're quite a nice town! I also said I'd never come back; but I'm glad I did!! It's a wonderful place to raise kids!
  • by WHITESBORO MOM Location: WHITESBORO on Jan 25, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    AS A MOM I THINK THIS PROGRAM IS GREAT! MY SON CAME HOME TELLING ME ALL ABOUT IT AND HOW IT AFFECTED HIM SEEING THE VIDEOS AND DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED WITH THE GOGGLES...MAYBE IF WE HAVE MORE OF THIS EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS WE WILL NOT LOOSE ANYMORE OF OUR CHILDREN TO ALCOHOL/DRUNK DRIVING...
  • by LEO Location: sherman on Jan 24, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    Yeah how many of those kids also vowed to Just Say No too? Unfortunately, Ben you hit the nail on the head. The problem is realizing you are at the point you shouldn't drive.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    waste of time and money
  • by Ex-Whitesborean on Jan 24, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    Hey, they don't need to simulate this for people from Whitesboro. Most of them have been driving drunk since middle school!
  • by Mike Location: Ardmore on Jan 24, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    They need to show this to the area coaches! Then what good is it when the kids see teachers and coaches drinking and driving?
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