High School Students Learn Dangers Of Distracted Driving

(WLNS) – It’s a habit many people have, distracted driving.

And one that Allegiance Health in Jackson and Michigan State Police are working to try to stop.

They came together to educate high school students today and hope to make difference.

6 News Reporter Genna Hilgenbrink sat in on one of the classes.

“Distracted driving is one of the leading causes for accidents,” said Joe Thorne, victim of distracted driving.

Joe Thorne would know. He was driving distracted in 1999 and has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since.

“I was in a motorcycle accident and I was offered the opportunity to come and just basically share my story and how it affected me and help other people so hopefully they don’t have injuries themselves.”

At Western High School some students, even those too young to drive had the opportunity to learn about spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and other harmful effects of driving distracted.

So far it seems to be making a difference.

“I learned to not drive distracted and just to always take extra safety precautions in what you do,” said Will Caserta, Western High School, student.

“I think I’m going to try to get them to change, I can offer to text for them,” said Noah Archer, Western High School, student.

Jessica Douglas from Allegiance Health explains these injuries don’t have to happen it’s as simple as putting down the phone and paying attention.

“We like to talk about how the majority of injuries are preventable,” said Jessica Douglas, Allegiance Health.

Next up the program is headed to the second of six schools, Hanover Horton.