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Students learn driving safety and how to properly call for help

By: WJAC Web Staff

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Emergency officials, first responders and PennDOT brought Huntingdon County high school students together to showcase the importance of safe driving, and, if theyre ever in a crash, how to properly call for help.

The event was organized through the Huntingdon County 911 Center, in coordination with PennDOT and the Huntingdon Borough Police Department. It featured 911 awareness and teen injury and prevention awareness, focusing on educating teenage drivers about distracted driving.

Huntingdon County 911 administrator Joe Thompson said organizers were hopeful that students realize sending a text message while driving can be a life or death decision.

"It's a life or death type message and that is the importance of safe driving habits as opposed to distracted driving," Thompson said. "If we can prevent an accident, if we can prevent someone from having to call 911 because of one of these teenagers, being in an accident, thats great."

Huntingdon High School students had the opportunity to test a driving simulator and gauge how well they function behind the wheel when distractions take place. Students were also told about the importance of maintaining composure when calling 911 for help and being able to give dispatchers as many details as possible.

"We are the first step, we are the first point of contact in an emergency," Thompson said. "The main point that we are trying to make today is even at their age, no matter the of someone, you can be making a difference in someones life and it's important that you know what to do and how to give us the right info to get help through someone quickly."

Thompson said what people do in the first few seconds of an emergency situation are often the most important decisions.

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Edgar Snyder

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