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PVHS students will learn how bad driving habits bring serious injury or death at a simulator program on Friday, March 17th.

The “Arrive Alive Tour” features two simulators and videos that create texting or drunk driving experiences. The students will also receive a ticket to understand the consequences, take a pledge and a survey.

Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the United States ages 5 to 34, according to the NHTSA. Texting while driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash. Wrecks are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter involve an underage drinking driver, the NHTSA added.

“We hope this opportunity to educate our students about distracted and impaired driving help them make sound and responsible decisions and it truly makes a positive impact,’’ said Principal Shanda Herrera.

More than 600 Panthers are expected to participate. The $2,500 cost is paid for by Cottage Hospital.

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