Missoula high school students have a rare chance to break the laws

MISSOULA COUNTY

Faith Cronin By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
POSTED: 11:41 PM Oct 26 2012
Missoula high school students have a rare chance to break the laws
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Sentinel High students got to drive three different courses simulating various driving environments. 

In one students drove on a faux ice course to help them realize just how easily they can lose control of a vehicle in icy weather. 

Another course showed them what happens while texting and driving.  The students drove two laps without texting and then another two laps while texting meanwhile trying to navigate cones.

The last course simulated drinking and driving.  Students wore beer goggles then tried to stay in the lanes. 

“Obviously yeah we're bad drivers, we just started so we need experience like this and it should definitely be in every high school in my opinion,” said Sentinel High student Kelsey Cote.

“It's been really great seeing the kids have hands on experience with this,” said Bitterroot Motors sales consultant Natalie Caplis. 

The Ford Driving Skills for Life Program has now made its way through Helena and Missoula.  They'll be heading to Bozeman tomorrow and their last stop in Montana is Great Falls.