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Maine-Endwell High School Students Learn Dangers of Distracted Driving

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Maine-Endwell students are getting behind the wheel with some major distractions...driving drunk and driving while texting. It's all part of the school's hosted Save a Life tour where students were able to simulate these dangerous situations.

High School Senior Conner Wasilnak said, "I mean I'm not going to lie I ran into three stop signs and hit a car,"

Conner Wasilnak knows the dangers of distracted driving all too well, but good thing it's just a simulator.

According to the Center for Disease Control more than nine people are killed each day in crashes involving a distracted driver.

"As time goes through the simulation the amount of drunk you are increases...like probably .08 goes up and up and up and it gets a lot difficult," said Wasilnak.

That was just one of the simulators. The other sends you a text and you must respond but now all your focus isn't on the road.

School officials feel its their responsibility to hammer home the message of driving fully alert.

School Principal Tom Burkhardt said, "They're our students we care about them and we feel that its our job to make sure that we educate them about what can happen if they don't make the best decisions."

Wasilnak is on the same page.

"Peer pressure and everything kids get into those situations. You gotta put things into reality when you get behind the wheel make sure you're doing things right don't be doing anything stupid. One wrong decisions could affect your life for the rest of your life so. just be careful," said Wasilnik.

The principal says each year said Maine-Endwell high school holds a program cautioning students about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence as part of the their local SADD chapter.
SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions.