The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

June 13, 2013

PHHS driving students learn to 'Share the Road'

Program focuses attention on tractor-trailers' blind spots

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This is the second year Pendleton Heights has had Walmart out and Candiano said that the hands-on experience the students get is "not something they often times get to do."

Toole said Greencastle's Walmart goes to about 20 schools over the summer with the program.

Richard Morgan, a truck driver for 42 years, helped get the program started when he knew they "needed to do something" to help teen drivers be safer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among youth, and 80,000 pounds of tractor-trailer against about 4,000 pounds of car aren't good odds.

Morgan said they are reaching more students.

"As long as we can save one life it's well worth it," he said.

One of the biggest issues is distracted driving. Sitting up high, the semi drivers said they've seen all sorts of crazy things.

Morgan once spotted a woman sitting Indian style in her seat, a book open on the steering wheel.

"You'd be surprised to see how many phones there are in laps," he added.

Taking your eyes off the road to read a text is like driving the length of a football field blind.

"I feel like this helps a lot," Miller said of the course. He added that he's excited for his independence, but wants to be safe to avoid accidents.

Before the kids hit the road on their own, they'll have to complete 30 hours of class time and six hours of driving.

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