Teaching kids the dangers of distracted driving

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) We hear far too often about a teenager killed in a car accident. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20 year olds. But in the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, kids are learning that the choices they make can protect and empower them.

At the event, students take four strips of paper and write down something that is important to them, like family, future, college, and friends. Then they play a bean bag toss game four times, each time with a different distraction. They use drunk goggles, texting, playing backwards, and with their eyes closed to symbolize a form of distracted driving. If they miss, they lose a strip of paper. The program teaches them that if they drive drunk or distracted, they could lose everything they love.

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