It’s a common scene: A student driver is giving a friend a ride. As her friend talks in the passenger seat, the driver’s cell phone receives a text message.

She picks up the phone to respond, and by the time her eyes are back to the road, she’s too late to avoid rear-ending another vehicle. Almost instantly, she knows this will carry a hefty price in insurance, repairs and a ticket.

Fortunately, this time the scene is happening in a classroom at Fort Lee High School. The student is behind the wheel of the school’s new driving simulator, one of the many that are popping up in North Jersey schools.

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