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Driving the point home

Officials, fire department say message getting through to students

Julia Halburion, a junior at Colonie Central High School, learns how hard it is to drive while sending a text message on her phone. This was part of Ford’s Driving Skills For Life Program at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Julia Halburion, a junior at Colonie Central High School, learns how hard it is to drive while sending a text message on her phone. This was part of Ford’s Driving Skills For Life Program at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Oct. 13. Photo by Andrew Beam.

— He also said with the evolution of technology it will make it even easier for teenagers to become distracted while driving. He said most of the accidents are mainly caused by texting while driving as opposed to drinking and driving.

“This I think is as, or perhaps even more, important message as it is going to affect almost all teen drivers as opposed to alcohol which affects some,” Nicholson said. “This one is either 100 percent where they’ve either though about or have actually texted while driving.”

Speck said that it appeared that many of the kids were receptive to the driving course and he believes it will have a positive effect on the children. Even if it only helps one of the students, he views it as a success.

“You want to plant the seed of, ‘I should think about what I’m doing,’” Speck said. “That’s where I believe we’re very successful.”

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