NFA Students Get a Lesson in Safe Driving

It's happening all the time everywhere and it's eerily unmarked. There is no way to stop it, and there is nothing you can do to avoid it. Every day teenagers hit that of-age status and receive their drivers license. [joke].  At Newburgh Free Academy, students are learning safe driving skills with a state-of-the-art simulator that offers real-life driving scenarios.  P.R. : Newburgh Free Academy North Campus students in Tim Toomey and Mike Truncale’s Criminal Procedures class, part of the Forensics, Security and Law Academy, were recently given the opportunity to utilize two safe-driving simulators provided by Orange County STOP-DWI.

The simulators were used as part of lesson plan on safe driving. Each machine allows the teachers or driver to create a real-life scenario, using variables including country or city roads, changing weather conditions and time of day which allows students to take part in a real-life driving or DWI simulation. Students are able to practice avoiding accidents or hazards and the technology keeps a record of reaction time and stopping distance. When the student’s experience is completed, the simulators offer tips, feedback and statistics, which offer students the information needed to become a safer driver. 

simulated night driving

“For kids who haven’t received their permits or licenses yet this will hopefully take some of the fear away, assist them in getting their licenses and for kids with licenses it gives them an opportunity to review what they learned while practicing safe driving skills,” explained Truncale. Orange County STOP-DWI loans simulators to high schools throughout the county, following a submitted request, at no cost to the respective district. The school is then allowed to use the simulators, made possible through fundraising, donations and grants, for a three week period. Request it!

Also important to the experience, comprehending the effect of alcohol on one's ability to drive.  Orange County STOP-DWI Program Assistant John Jones, visited the classroom to give students a brief overview on Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) laws, penalties, and showed students examples of field sobriety tests.

A Reminder from Orange County STOP-DWI

Sending new drivers out into the world with better base knowledge on the variables of driving conditions will help to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Of the 280 students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program, approximately 130 students, mostly juniors and seniors, participated in the simulator exercises by taking a turn at the wheel. Truncale said,

We are very fortunate to be able to utilize this outstanding technology and we thank Orange County STOP DWI for sharing this with Newburgh Free Academy students. 

Please do not drink underage and do not drink and drive!  Ever!

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