Brighton teenagers take a crash course in the dangers of driving
BRIGHTON, Mich. – We often hear about fatal accidents on our highways because the driver was drunk or distracted. That’s why a local insurance agency is doing its part to educate our next generation of drivers about the dangers of owning their license.
This western program Michigan called the Arrive Alive Tour brings a real car and simulator across the country to teach kids about the dangers of drunk, drunk or distracted driving.
“So you get all the physicality of driving, but mentally you’re in a VR headset,” said Arrive Alive Tour Educator Shaquille Hill. “And in front of the computer system, we lag driving peripheral vision, and things like that and the systems that you’re under.”
“It was like a bit of a blur in the corners of the screen,” said Brighton High School freshman Owen Buckley.
“I did the THC one,” said Brighton High School freshman Scarlet Hayes. “And the vision is blurry. It has like weird flares. And it’s really hard to shoot, and the reaction time is super slow.
The tour stopped at Brighton High School thanks to a Brighton insurance agency owner who hopes this training can help prevent serious accidents in the future.
“These kids don’t have their driver’s license yet, but they will, and I hope they remember this program when they get behind the wheel of a car or drive,” said Shawn Pipoly, owner of Brighton Insurance.
Kim DeGiulio tested the car herself, and she says the simulator is pretty fun. She says it feels like being in a video game. She thinks the excitement of having other people staring at you during the simulation is also fun, but the message she wants everyone to get is that driving distracted, drunk or stoned is not safe because it will likely result in an accident.
Pipoly says if bringing this program to Brighton even sparks a conversation among pupils about the dangers of impaired or distracted driving, then so be it.
“It’s usually like the other people in the car who usually get hurt, other than the drunk driver,” said Lauren Hollis, a freshman at Brighton High School. “So you’re like putting other people’s lives in danger. Even if you’re not even under the influence, you continue to hurt and impact the lives of others.
Pipoly says he hopes it will also spark discussions about how to avoid using your phone while driving too.
“I think it would be really helpful to have my phone present like in a separate console or in the center console and have the ringer turned off so it doesn’t make any noise, and it’s not distracting and I can’t see it, so I’m not tempted to pick it up,” Hayes said.
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