YATESVILLE — More than 500 Pittston Area High School students attended a driving simulation Jan. 20 to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.
The Lehigh Valley Health Network-sponsored event was brought to the Pittston Area students by members of the Duryea Police Department and the Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch, who provide educational and hands-on exercises to the public.
The goal of the distracted driving program is to safely simulate the feel of a real vehicle. Students sat in front of a computer and controlled the vehicle through several different scenarios, including distracted and impaired driving, DUI check points, texting and fatal crashes.
Students had the opportunity to speak with volunteers from the Northeast Regional Highway Safety Project, AAA Wilkes-Barre, local police, the mayor of Duryea, the district attorney’s office and state Rep. Mike Carroll’s office.