Safe driving awareness

Greenville students learn lessons of impaired, distracted driving through virtual simulator event 

With his hands firmly gripped on the steering wheel and feet prepared to hit the gas or brake pedals, James Baty, 14, smiled with a sense of certainty as he looked outward into a virtual realm full of traffic lights, stop signs and oncoming cars. 

Seated within a virtual reality driving simulator Friday while wearing an Oculus headset, the Greenville High School freshman soon saw his confident smile morphing into a grin of embarrassment as he found himself off the road, in a field, searching for a way to bring his vehicle back onto a city street.