New program seeks to stop distracted driving by teenagers

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A new program aimed at stopping distracted driving kicks off Friday morning in Pinellas County.

The Sheriff’s Office is officially launching the Targeted Response Against Distracted Driving (TRADD) program. It’s a new youth program focused on the dangers and reality of distracted driving, according to information provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

It seeks to engage students with a presentation allowing them to go inside a mock funeral for a distracted driver. They can also participate in several “practical labs,” where they see first-hand what it’s like to drive while dealing with distractions.

Students can navigate a course while facing distractions like texting, loud music and roadway objects. They can also put on “impairment goggles,” which shows them how it feels to drive tired, drowsy or drunk.

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