Okolona students take safe driving lessons

Students at Okolona Vocational Center got to experience distracted driving in an educational setting. (Courtesy Photo)

Students at Okolona Vocational Center got to experience distracted driving in an educational setting.
(Courtesy Photo)

Special to the Chickasaw Journal

OKOLONA – The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) hosts Global Youth Traffic Safety Month each May during prom, graduation and the beginning of the summer driving season to engage and empower youth to lead traffic safety efforts in their communities.
This organization has put together the best practices for engaging teens in distracted driving preventions.
The Okolona FCCLA Chapter members participated by presenting at Okolona Vocational Complex’s Safe Driving Awareness Day sponsored by Farm Bureau’s Mr. John Hubbard of Batesville.
Students were challenged to maneuver a golf cart through a course while texting and driving and while wearing glasses that obscured their vision to give the illusion of drinking and driving. The FCCLA members explained common teen distractions, the three main types of distractions for everyone, and statistics of teen accidents and casulties.
The NOYS supplied a toolkit with promotional items, including wristbands, magnets, buttons, sunglasses, pens and pencils, that were given out to students who completed the course.
The NOYS is supported by The Allstate Foundation.

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