TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Teens got behind the wheel with blurred vision. They saw what a drunk driver sees.
"I couldn't see anything," 17-year-old Calvin Miller said.
Then, they were given a cell phone for texting while on the road.
"I was mainly paying attention to my phone," Miller said. "I hit a couple cones."
Drivers were safe from these distracted drivers because it all took place on a cone-marked course in the McCutcheon High School parking lot behind the wheel of a golf cart. The demonstrations were part of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive event.
Lafayette State Farm Agent Gina Kornafel helped host Saturday's program. Participants were encouraged to go online and take the Safe Driver Pledge.
"A big theme here is two and two, two eyes on the road, and two hands on the wheel," Kornafel said. "Avoid the driving distractions that are out there, texting, cell phones."
Kornafel said today's teens have more distractions than ever before. The pressure to drink, then drive home, is still here. And now teens have the temptation to text and drive.
"[For] youthful drivers there is always that thing we can't teach, it's called experience," Kornafel said. "That coupled with the increased distractions that are out there really puts teen drivers at risk behind the wheel."
First responders and sheriff deputies also know the harm distracted drivers bring to the road. They attended Celebrate My Drive to continue the education.
"If one teen driver takes away something from this event that keeps them safe we've done our job," Kornafel said.
Celebrate My Drive events were hosted around the nation on Saturday. By taking the Safe Driver Pledge you can help McCutcheon High School win up to $100,000 in grants and a free Kelly Clarkson concert.
To sign the pledge click here.
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