Fabian Valdez took his turn at the texting and driving simulator in the Shelton High School gym on May 11.
As he sat at the wheel and “drove” down a straight road, all seemed to go well. On the monitor, he drove to the right of the yellow line, a safe distance away from approaching traffic.
But then, the cell phone he was holding started beeping a text message, and he took his right hand off the wheel to answer the text.
When he looked up, the monitor showed his “car” veering off onto a grassy curb, and then into a bus.
Looking somewhat shaken after his drive, Fabian said he was driving well, but “it gets harder as the phone starts to go off. I got hit by a bus!”
He was one of the students — mainly sophomores and juniors — who volunteered to take a turn at the simulators to experience the consequences of distracted driving in a safe setting.