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State Police take students for ride to make a point about DWI

SoVaNow.com / November 02, 2017
Recognizing that automobile accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths, several agencies backed by the donation of $1,000 by State Farm on Monday presented a check to Halifax County High School Principal Michael Lewis. The funds will be used for various student-led activities to prepare young drivers for the challenges they face each time they get behind the steering wheel of an automobile.

The Halifax Safe Driving Team is a local initiative to implement safe driving and is made up of representatives of the Virginia State Police, South Boston and Halifax law enforcement officers, the public schools, the Halifax County Schools Education Foundation as well as Teen Driving Solutions, a nonprofit organization focused on driver education.

Students who already have their drivers license or who are nearing the age to get their license spent a lot of time on Monday with local members of the State Police who worked with them on the distracted driver simulator as they drove across the school’s bus parking lot, weaving through a cone mapped course.

The student drivers were distracted by the sudden appearance of a baby stroller or possibly of an approaching bicyclist while their fellow classmates watched as they struck several of the cones, declaring that they felt “dizzy.”

They were also cautioned about the dangers of texting, driving and drinking as well as the importance of always wearing their seat belts.

The Youth of Virginia Speak Out Program (YOVASO) is a Virginia State Police program, which is included at the high school, and which provides information for teenage drivers who have access to safe driving programs and encourages them to practice safe driving techniques for themselves as well as all their friends.

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