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Madill students learn about the importance of safe driving

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

MADILL, OK -- Police say distracted driving and drinking and driving accidents, resulting in death, continue to rise. In an effort to reduce that trend, law enforcement agencies came together to inform local high school students about the dangers.

A recent car accident that killed a Madill High School graduat prompted teacher Nicole Erwin to take a proactive approach by educating students about the dangers of driving.

"It really struck a core with me, because I have a 16-year-old son who just started driving, and he as well as all my other students who I feel are my kids most of the time, I love them so much" teacher Nicole Erwin said.

Madill and Durant police departments along with OHP Troopers spent their day educating Madill High School students about distracted driving and drinking and driving.

Students got to take a hands on approach -- putting the pedal to the metal in a DUI simulation.

"It throws off your depth perception totally. And you can't, you can't tell really how close you are to the ground, and it changes so much," student, Harley Gage said.

"Everything was spinning and it was really blurry," student, Brittany Ivey said.

According to the CDC, teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 teens each year. Captain Mike Woodruff also says texting and driving is equivalent to driving while drunk. He says it takes about five seconds to check a text.

"In five seconds, at highway speed, you're traveling at approximately a football field. So, my challenge would be to blindfold yourself, get up to a highway speed and drive blindfolded for five seconds," he said.

Students say they've learned from the experience.

"I think it's really good. I mean, there's a lot of people that do do it. And I think it saves a lot of lives I think," Gage said.

"This could be really serious and you know, they're trying to aware us of you know, the problems and the dangers this could cause," student Jorge Jasso said.


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