Students take part in distracted driving test

Katie Manning never thought she’d go out of control so fast.


The 16-year-old new driver is trying her hand at a video game that helps drivers understand what happens when they’re distracted – even for a split second.

Katie is part of a demonstration at Westfield High School that tests a new technology, designed by a trio of George Mason University graduate and Ph. D students. The test is in a safe setting and the level of distraction can be measured.

For researchers, it shows how fast and how extreme the results of distracted driving are.

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