Students at North Country Union High School learned the dangers of texting and driving.
Thursday, students in the driver's education classes tested their skills behind the wheel. Each had to try to successfully write and send text messages while driving a golf cart through orange cones.
"If this was a real-life situation, those cones are going to be like people you can hit. And if you're going slow, traffic is going to be honking at you, you're going to be nervous and do something messed up," said one student taking part in the exercise.
Trish Buttice, the driver's education teacher, agreed, "Driving is a risky activity and you need your total focus on the road, operating the motor vehicle without doing anything with electronic devices."
The students have also spent the semester looking at how many Newport drivers text or talk on the phone while driving and estimate it to be at about one in five.