Just Drive Challenge shows dangers of distracted driving

MERIDIAN -- Participants in the Just Drive Challenge spent Saturday morning at the Idaho State Police driving course learning about the dangers of distracted driving.

KTVB teamed up with Idaho Power and Idaho State Police for the event, in which participants got to do simulated driving challenges and learn first-hand from ISP troopers.

In one simulation, drivers took the wheel of a car and drove around the course, all while distracted.

"Without texting it was actually pretty easy, because you could focus on the road," said one driver. "But once I had the phone in my hands, I'd say I took out at least half the course and hit two mannequins, which would have been two pedestrians."

"I think it's common knowledge that it's dangerous" said another participant. "But this just proves exactly how hard it is. I mean, it's a calling card for death."

Everyone was also encouraged to sign a pledge to stop using phones and other electronic devices while driving.

If you missed the Just Drive Challenge, you can still sign the pledge here.


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