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Save a Life Tour teaches Waukon students dangers of distracted driving

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WAUKON (KWWL) -

Students at Waukon High School got a chance to experience the dangers of distracted and impaired driving firsthand without being put in any danger.

The Save a Life Tour visited the school recently, giving students the chance to get behind the wheel and see just how much texting and driving and drinking and driving can effect their performance on the road.

Mere seconds after she started on the texting and driving simulator, senior Laurel Keenan was already struggling.

"Oh I'm not already doing, not doing too great," she said.

She struggled to keep the car on the road and going the appropriate speed while being forced to respond to text messages that kept coming in.

"Yeah, it was kind of an eye opener, because I kept going off the road a lot," she said.

Students also struggling at the drunk driving simulator, where the level of drunkenness was gradually increased.

"I'm not going to text and drive or drink and drive because it's really hard, said senior Mackenzie Johanningmeier.

Administrators hoping these risk free simulators make a lasting impression.

"I think the earlier we start them, if we can hit our freshman kids before they start driving and drivers ed, just to show the threats and awareness and dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving...hopefully we can start them in the right direction," said Brian Hilsabeck, assistant principal.

Lessons learned in the safety of the school that will hopefully last a lifetime.

"I'm definitely gonna keep my phone down," Keenan said.

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