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Nanaimo students learn about the dangers of distracted driving

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Some grade 10 students in Nanaimo got a hands-on lesson on the dangers of distracted driving on Wednesday.They participated in an interactive demonstration showing just how risky it is to text and drive at the same time. ICBC partnered with Island Health’s P.A.R.T.Y Program on the initiative.

The students were given a calculator and instructed a walk though an intricate course while steering a sort of simulated car. They were challenged to complete a series of math problems, while still obeying the rules of the road and watching for hazards.

Caroline Robinson is ICBC’s Road Safety Coordinator. She says distracted driving has surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of accidents.

Grade 10 NDSS student Ross Manson says it proved an important point.

Students at Elphinstone Secondary will have a chance to try the same kind of challenge when Sunshine Coast RCMP and ICBC hold a similar event at the end of the month.

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