Drivers Hit the Track in Distracted Driving Challenge

Twenty students from Westwood Collegiate will try their skills at driving this morning while distracted — but don’t worry, it’s in a safe environment.

Distracted Driving 101 is an awareness event put on by CAA Manitoba to show students the impacts of being distracted while behind the wheel. A number of common distractions will be used this year, such as eating, texting, putting on lipstick and removing a sweater.

If the go-kart driving demonstration at Thunder Rapids Fun Park isn’t enough to make the severity of distracted driving hit home, a woman (Cheryl Derry) whose husband was killed by a distracted driver on September 7, will address students following their run of the course. Cheryl’s husband was involved in a head-on collision with a 19-year-old driver who was allegedly texting behind the wheel.

Participants will be judged on speed and accuracy, including how many pylons they flatten.


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