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Students learn the dangers of impaired driving

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- We know driving under the influence and distracted driving is dangerous.
Students at Palm Beach State College had a chance to experience just how dangerous it is.

"I hit a car that was parked and I was swerving sideways and I went into a wrong lane," said  student Tanaira Rivere. "I also almost got hit by that car too, going the other way. So I did pretty bad."

Nineteen year old Rivere had a simulated blood alcohol content of .081 when she narrowly missed a head on collision.

"I have family members that were in accidents, so  really wanted to experience it," Rivere explained. "Even though I've never done it before."

Rivere isn't the only one to feel the impact of a DUI. Each year in Palm Beach County between 2,000 to 3,000 people are arrested just for DUI. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting and driving can be just as dangerous. It only takes a millisecond to miss that person stepping off the curb or a car pulling out.

"I was texting," said student Jevaun Johnson.

Johnson was trying to text 'Panthers won the game' when he slammed into the car in front of him.

"I hit someone, when I was texting, texting the words," Johnson explained. "I swung over, because couldn't do this at the same time, so I swung over and caught a car."

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