University Liggett School partners with the PEERS Foundation to prevent teen distracted driving
University Liggett School is teaming up with a Michigan non-profit, to teach teens about the dangers of distracted driving. The PEERS Foundation will bring the Augmented Reality Distracted Driving Educational Simulator (ARDDES) to University Liggett School on February 20th.
Upper School students, and faculty and staff, will get the chance to experience the distracted driving simulator. In the simulator, participants will get to experience real-life distractions such as phone calls, text messages and social media notifications.
“This new technology will allow our students to experience the difficulties and dangers of multitasking while behind the wheel without putting them in harm’s way,” said Lindsey Bachman, dean of health and wellness.
Those in the audience will be able to watch a live streaming view of what’s going on inside the simulation, making the demonstrations engaging and impactful for everyone.
According to the PEERS Foundation, distracted driving is the number one cause of fatalities in ages 16 to 29. Smart devices and activities like texting while driving have caused driver fatalities to rise at unprecedented levels.Distracted driving claimed more than 3,000 lives in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The PEERS Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower young people with the knowledge to build healthy, successful lives by using innovative and interactive learning interventions.