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By Jeff Steers
JTV News

(December 3, 2021 2:40 PM) Students at Vandercook Lake High School were encouraged to drive and text at the same time on Friday.

It didn’t turn out too well in most cases.

Juniors and seniors at VCL were part of the International Save a Life Tour on Thursday and Friday. 

Yesterday students watched a virtual presentational and completed pre-surveys to prepare for the Friday event. 

Today, students had a chance to “drive” a pair of cars through a simulator. The first allowed students to get comfortable driving for a minute or two and then had to text on a phone while driving.

The other was virtual reality simulator that slowly delayed the steering and braking of the imaginary car. 

The Save A Life Tour is a comprehensive high impact safe driving awareness program that informs, educates, and demonstrates the potentially deadly consequences resulting from poor choices and decisions made by the operator of a motor vehicle. The program specifically places emphasis on the following driving situations: distracted driving,  impaired driving, driver experience, improper driver behavior and seat belt usage.  

The Save A Life Tour utilizes several methods for education including; video presentation, speaking presentation, interactive demonstration with simulators, pre- and post-surveys and take-a-ways including a pledge card and a wristband.

The program is used by several organizations such as the Department of Defense as well as the Michigan Highway Safety Department. 

Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV News.  For prints or downloads, click here.

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