November 10, 2012|By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF
Teens between the ages of 16 and 19 have the highest number of traffic crashes and traffic violations among all drivers, statistics show, with traffic crashes the leading cause of death for teens nationwide.
This wasn’t the usual kind of presentation, though. Instead of viewing gruesome images or movies simulating crashes, about 150 of Calexico’s kids got a taste of what it feels like to be “driving” using a 3-D headset in a driving simulator vehicle. The students were given the option of “driving” while texting or while under the influence to mimic the effects of alcohol use.
They also were taught the monetary cost of making bad choices, where driving and drinking could cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the cost to human life.
While adults could learn a thing or two from programs like these, it is documented fact that teens’ decision-making is affected by their still-developing brains, and disastrous choices can result when those still-developing brains are calling the shots for young people learning to drive.
Programs such as “Arrive Alive™” give these young drivers a taste of the closest thing to reality.
This program cost the Calexico Police Department about $1,800; that’s small change if it helps save even one life.