Driver’s Ed goes high tech to teach the dangers of texting while driving

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A suburban high school is going high tech on their driver’s education program.

Maine West High School has brought in 3D simulators to try and teach students an important lesson about distracted driving.

Texting and driving has now surpassed drunk driving as the leading cause of  death among teens.  The $10,000 simulators at Maine West High put students on the driver’s seat with scenarios that may pop up during an afternoon drive.

Charlene Sligting, a victim advocate not linked to Maine West, who lost her father after a cell phone accident says the program is a good start.  She says the state legislature is also catching on to the dangers.

In January new laws go into effect that will increase the punishment for anyone involved in an accident that is linked to a cell phone or other hand held device.

Law offices across the state have noticed the increase in cases.  It’s estimated right now 23% of accidents have some connection to a cell phone.  A lot of high schools have had to cut their driving program because of budget restraints.  A campaign is giving parents the tools to teach the dangers of texting and driving.

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