The Kern High School District teamed up with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Bakersfield Police Department, and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for a special event aimed at spreading awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
Mira Monte High School (MMHS) hosted the event and students were treated to a pizza lunch after signing the pledge vowing not to drive while distracted. They also experienced a presentation breaking down the scary statistics and simple distractions that can take your life, or the life of another, when you aren’t paying attention behind the wheel.
Michelle Martinez participated in the presentation and called it educational and moving. She also said it really started her thinking about the importance of the choices made while driving. Melanie Moreno is a classmate of Martinez and said she also learned a lot during the event.
Speakers included officials with the CHP and PG&E who are also doing outreach efforts and promoting the importance of safety during Distracted Driving month.
Kayla Sanchez is a senior at Mira Monte who shared a special message with her peers during the press conference about responsibility and student safety.