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Local Students Try Impaired Driving Simulator

Posted at 4:32 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 14:08:49-04

Area students are learning the dangers of impaired driving.

The Arrive Alive tour visited Sneads High School Friday afternoon. It's a traveling program that uses a high-tech simulator to show students the dangers of distracted, drowsy, and drunk driving.

"It was difficult. I thought it would've been way easier," said Devante Pollock, a Sneads High School Senior. "I'm probably not going to do it [texting and driving] any more after that."

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is using grant money to host the program for hundreds of students throughout the county.

"Several years ago, Sheriff Roberts got tired of going to funerals with kids laying in caskets. He said we have to do something about it," said Jim Hamilton, a Jackson County Sheriff's Office Deputy & the Sneads High School Resource Deputy.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers under the age of 20 are the most at risk for fatal crashes.