Armstrong Students Get Lesson on Distracted Driving
It’s prom season at Armstrong High School and the eye-opening display of a wrecked car is putting the focus on the dangers of distracted driving.
“When something like this happens it’s not just affecting your family, loved ones,” said Plymouth police officer Steve Baloun. “It affects the school. It affects the community and it really doesn’t have to happen.”
The twisted and crushed vehicle is is a tragic reminder of the consequences of distracted and drunken driving.
The 16-year old driving the car did not survive. Police say he became distracted.
For 16-year old Armstrong student Zayvion Scott, seeing the mangled car was a reality check.
“He like lost his life young and all he was trying to do was just go to work,” Scott said. “As I was reading it, they said he got temporarily distracted. That’s where it hit me. He swerved off and fell into a ditch and how the car looks. It hit me right then and there. That car accident. Then it flipped over. Just the saddest thing.”
Between 2013 and 2017, distracted driving was a factor in one out of every five crashes.
The wrecked car is also going to be at Wayzata High School later this week.