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MHS teens drive home safety message
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Students at Manteca High had a chance to experience distracted driving thanks to Ken Mintz of AT&T. He brought along virtual reality goggles and simulator during lunch at MHS - photo by Photo Contributed

For the past month, students of the Manteca High College Prep Club have been out and about promoting the Teen Safe Driving Campaign sponsored by the Safety Center and the Allstate Foundation.
Their efforts were recognized last Tuesday by the Manteca City Council.
“(They) received a proclamation from the council, who proclaimed April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in support of the students’ campaign,” said College Prep club advisor Nina Norton.
Earlier that day, Ken Mintz from AT&T met with students on campus. He provided information about distracted driving, including videos and a pair of virtual reality activities.
For those in Ron Inderbitzen’s Drivers Education class, this was an opportunity to experience the dangers of distracted driving using virtual reality goggles.
According to Norton, they also got to work with a simulator, experiencing hazards that could occur while behind the wheel.
During lunch, Mintz allowed students to share that same experience, setting up the virtual reality activities in the quad.
The College Prep Club, meanwhile, held numerous functions for the Teen Safety Driving Campaign, which was created as a positive teen-to-teen driving effort.
The local group made it to Sequoia Elementary School, reminding youngsters to look both ways before crossing the street and for parents there to watch for kid along the crosswalk and on the road.

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