Just in time for prom, the Shinnston Police Department and Lincoln High School worked together to bring the Arrive Alive Driving Simulator to students on Tuesday. This simulator is a little different than most; instead of having just a drunk driving option, drivers have the option of picking up their phones to try to text and drive.
"They can get in the car and they can see how much they are distracted if they're texting or if they've had a little bit to drink and it becomes real at that point it's not just something on paper," said Reuben Perdue, Community Development Director for the City of Shinnston.
It didn't take much time behind the wheel for students to notice the dangers.
"As soon as they reach for their phone or pick it up you notice a difference in their driving," said Jan Griffith, an Impaired-Driving Awareness Instructor for Arrive Alive.
"They have these little glasses - you see the road through those. You have to look down and you can't see the road at all so like you have to take your eyes off the road to look at it," said junior Dillion O'Dell.
"You look at your phone to text, you look back up and you ended up not where you wanted to be," described junior Paul Cross.
The simulator left a lasting impression on some of the students.
"Good course to experience what you should do and what you shouldn't do. If I was with my friends and they went to do that I would definitely either be the one that's not drinking and driving, or making them, making sure they were the ones not drinking and driving," said Cross.
Even though the students technically made the decision to text and drive or pretend to be drunk while behind the wheel, for one day only, their only punishment was a citation.