Teens on Saturday will get a chance to learn about distracted driving.
The Teen Awareness Group (TAG) in collaboration with the Westport Youth Commission and the Westport Police Department will hold its fifth annual Distracted Driving event at Staples High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Staples High School football field.
“In an effort to encourage safety and healthy decision making, organizers invite high school students to experience the dangers and impact of driving while impaired or distracted,” an announcement said.
Police officers will walk students through a series of challenges designed to encourage teens to be mindful on the road, it said.
These include an obstacle course and other simulations utilizing goggles that reflect the effect of substances on depth perception, coordination, decreased reaction time while impaired.
The Connecticut State Police will also be on hand with one of their two simulators, the seatbelt convincer or the roll-over machine, which provide a powerful and realistic reminder of what it could be like to be involved in an motor vehicle accident in a safe and controlled environment.