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Biloxi Students Get a Lesson on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Recently, more than 100 teenagers in Biloxi took an eye-opening ride meant to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Driver's education students at Biloxi High School had the opportunity to wear virtual-reality goggles that show what can happen when you become distracted by a text or phone call while behind the wheel.

Distracted driving is a year-round concern, but the demonstration was especially appropriate because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The distracted driving simulation successfully sent the message home, with students describing the experience as "intense" and "scary." The demonstration also included real-life stories from drivers who have been involved in distracted driving wrecks.

After the experience, the students signed a pledge not to text while driving.

A distracted driving simulator is a good tool for teaching road safety, but the reality of the situation is far more serious.

Each year thousands of people die as a result of driver distraction. According to Distraction.gov, recorded instances of distracted driving led to 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries nationwide in 2014.

Another eye-opening fact: on average, texting takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. If your vehicle is going 55 miles per hour, you can cover the length of a football field in that span of time. It goes without saying that a lot can happen over the course of 100 yards, and driving that distance while essentially blindfolded can have fatal consequences.

It should be noted, too, that texting isn't the only thing that distracts Mississippi drivers. We covered that topic in one of our previous posts.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, then don't hesitate to contact an aggressive personal injury attorney who will fight to help you obtain full and fair compensation for the injury.

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