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Teens simulate drunk, distracted driving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

Beginning drivers from C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, Mont., squashed several traffic cones recently while driving impaired.
     Of course, they weren’t impaired by alcohol -- their vision was impaired by goggles meant to simulate the blurriness caused by heavy drinking. It’s all part of the behind-the-wheel training that teen drivers receive in the Driving Skills for Life program.
     Like Washington and Oregon, the city of Great Falls now bans drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel. So the Russell High students also navigated a course that required close attention, then retraced their route while using a cell phone. Their driving clearly suffered from the distraction. Read the Great Falls Tribune article.

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