Program simulates drunk, distracted driving

Program simulates drunk, distracted driving

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 10:57 AM

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. – A Clackamas County pilot program is trying to curb impaired and distracted driving among teens.

The program, called “playing the odds,” puts teens through simulations of driving drunk or driving distracted, including texting while driving.

After participating in the simulations, some said they better understand the consequences of driving while drunk or texting.

“You see the accident and you see the people, and it really just makes me not want to do any of this ever,” said Ashley Clouser, a senior at Rex Putnam High School.

Distracted driving is a factor in around 20 percent of fatal crashes involving teens and another 20 percent of teen accidents involve a drunk driver, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control.

Related: ‘5 to drive’ campaign for parents of teen drivers

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