PRESS PHOTOS BY DEBBIE GALBRAITHSalisbury High School students had the opportunity to experience driving a car while distracted in a safe environment May 10. The event was organized by Bill McQuilken, coordinator, trauma prevention program at Lehigh Valley Health Network; Kristen Hackman, Valley Youth House; Kelly Gerencher, Center for Humanistic Change; the Salisbury Township Police Department
In this simulation, Atasha Craballo appears in court in front of the Honorable Maria Dantos because her passenger was not wearing a seat belt and texting while driving. The driver is faced with up to a $2,000 fine, a maximum of 23 months in prison and two years of probation.
Students actually control the car pedals of the simulator.
Student Anthony Mills wears distracted driving goggles and attempts to toss a ball into a basket. “I felt really dizzy and felt like I was not in control,” Anthony said.