Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Eagle High Students Go for Text Drive

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Students at Eagle High School got a hands-on and eyes-off lesson in impaired driving this afternoon while participating in the "Turn Off Texting" demonstration.

American Government teacher Gary Gorrell and Eagle High’s School Resource Officer Travis Ruby teamed with the Ada County Sheriff's Office and Eagle Police to set up a two-part impaired driving course.

Students were asked to drive a closed-course first without distractions and then a second time while trying to text.

Kat Thornton
  • Kat Thornton

“This is practical application of a classroom assignment,” Gorrell said. "Students are currently learning about the Idaho Legislature and following the progress of Senate Bill 1024, which would make it illegal to use a cell phone while driving."

Tim Hiatt, an Eagle High senior, told Citydesk that he has been guilty of texting while driving. He took out some cones while driving the course.

“If I do [text], I will definitely make sure that I am at a stop sign or a stop light,” said Hiatt

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