Distracted driving: ‘A real thing’
Dacia Clark was driving between Byron and Rochester a few weeks ago when she hit a patch of ice and rolled her car three times.
The Kasson-Mantorville High School sophomore and her passenger were unharmed. Each had worn a seatbelt. But that frightening moment hit home April 6 during a mock car crash in the high school parking lot.
Two K-M students “died” and several were injured in the accident, caused by another student who had been texting and driving.
“It’s very scary to be in a car crash, especially when you’re looking away for just five seconds,” said Clark, 15. “We did not get hurt, but it was still a scary moment. This is really, really important, especially for kids our age. Distraction’s really a bad thing. It’s a real thing.”