Williamson County high schools will be getting some new technology to help teach teens about safe driving.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) awarded WCS a $20,000 grant at the beginning of September.
Not only will the “Avoid Distractions… Avoid Disaster!” grant go toward implementing the Checkpoints Program at all high schools in the district, it will provide many educational tools for students to use.
“The idea to apply for the grant with the THSO stemmed from the work of the Distracted Driving Task Force,” said WCS Special Projects Manager Dr. Angela Huff. “Grant monies will purchase interactive tools to help immerse the students in different driving situations.”
Laptops and virtual-reality goggles will be equipped with simulations to let students experience situations such as distracted driving, impaired driving and being in a truck’s blind spots.
The laptops and goggles will rotate throughout all the high schools on a schedule beginning in the spring.
“We are so excited about this grant,” Huff said.