Teens put to the test on simulated drunken driving course

Licensed teen drivers are getting in position to take a driving test like none they've had before and all they have to do just make it around a border of orange cones.

But it wasn't so easy.

This is part of a national campaign by State Farm called "Celebrate My Drive" and the goal is to get teens and parents talking about the consequences of drinking and driving.

"Yes it was very scary", said teen driver Lauren Woodall.

At nearly every turn, the drivers go off course mowing down the cones unable to control the car.

"You really can't take control of the car as much as you want to. You really can't react as fast as you can. It kind of takes over your body and delays everything you can do", said teen driver Sammy Sitters.

The car is rigged. The officer holding the control gun can delay when they can break or steer the car.

The delay is about one second and it simulates reaction times if a person is really drunk.  The cones on the track represent people, cars, or other objects the drivers are hitting.

Joe Sitters saw this as a good lesson for his daughter.

"I got two daughters and they are both pretty responsible but you never really know right with peer pressure. But today I think they learned their lessons", he said.

This campaign also included driving simulators to test the teen's abilities.

"It demonstrates to them how scary driving can be if you're not really alert  and ready for it", said Gary Stephenson of State Farm.

 Schools were encouraged to participate. A $100,000 cash prize will be awarded to a North Texas high school with the most involvement. Red Oak ISD made it a community event.

"We have lost teens to reckless driving unsafe speeds and things like that", said Karen Anderson with Red Oak.  

Their students even produced a film called “Shattered Dreams” about the reality of drunken driving.

"It's an incredible film and we're offering it up to schools and everything that they can use it to educate their students as well", Anderson said.

The winner of the $100,000 prize will be announced next month.

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