Novice drivers at greater risk with distracted driving

Students at Southview High School use simulator for a virtual glimpse at distracted driving

Driving distractions are all too familiar to teenagers in Ohio, but it's a move that could place them in the emergency room.

A recent study says novice drivers are at a greater risk than others when it comes to distracted driving.

The distractions are only increasing, so ProMedica teamed up with Southview High School to raise awareness.

Students took part in a distracted driving simulator Tuesday afternoon. Just a simulator, but most of them have been on hand for the real thing.

"It's just so common that it's not even a second thought anymore," Gina Veres of ProMedica said.

Distracted driving isn't exactly a new issue.

These kids have heard it plenty of times: Don't text and drive.

Some of them even took a 30 minute course on it as a part of driver's education.

They're saying the designated driving simulator is more effective.

"Just because it shows you what actually happens in first person," Southview sophomore John Malak said.

Each student we asked agreed that they'd been in the car with someone while they used their cell phone. Some of them would think twice about speaking up next time it happens.

"Just wait until you drop me off or until I get out of the car, you know," Southview junior Jeremiah Roberts said.

The distractions won't stop, but ProMedica is just hoping young drivers will change how they handle them.