HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - Some Herrin High School students got real life lessons in the pains of distracted driving Tuesday.
Students heard firsthand how distracted driving can lead to wrecks.
Students also paused for a moment of silence to remember a fellow classmate who recently died in a crash.
One student organizer says the event honored the freshman as it taught students about the importance of all passengers wearing seatbelts.
"I hope it inspires people to buckle up, to stay safe, to stay away from driving distractions and to pay attention and concentrate on what they're doing while they're driving," said Kaite Butler with Operation Teen Safe Driving. "You can lose a friend, you can lose a family member, you can lose your life and there's no other thing more precious than life. You have to keep it safe."
Beginning January 1 in Illinois, all passengers in a vehicle must wear a seatbelt.