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.

distracted1distracted3

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s