Grass Valley, CA The national #HeadOut campaign, funded and presented by Brownstar Insurance, made a pit stop at the Grass Valley Public Library this week to show both new and experienced drivers the dangers associated with road head.
Participants strapped on virtual reality goggles and were able to feel as if they were behind the wheel, operating a vehicle while a “pretend friend” (either a voluptuous blonde cheerleader or ripped construction worker, depending on personal preference) performed oral sex on them.
Throughout the virtual sex drive, the operator must try to maintain control of the vehicle during multiple close calls before ultimately crashing into a yogurt truck, killing everyone involved.
“It was a unique experience,” said Grass Valley resident Richard Loggins, who participated in several test drives throughout the week. “I consider myself a professional driver, and if I can’t operate a vehicle safely under those conditions how can someone just learning to drive?”
“Road head is the leading cause of death among teenagers,” warns CA State Trooper Don Keedix, “and accounts for 80% of all crash-related accidents. People always point to texting and driving while intoxicated, which is also very dangerous, but to overlook and ignore road head because it may be embarrassing to talk about is leading to more and more carnage on the roadways.”
Randy Kurtwood, whose daughter Ophelia was decapitated during a road head incident in 2009, wants to make the road head simulator a requirement before students can obtain a drivers license. “Parents need to wake up and realize by the age of 16 many kids are experimenting with oral sex, and the family car is one place teens are left unsupervised,” he said. “It’s a recipe for disaster that parents refuse to accept until it’s too late.”
Mr. Kurtwood may soon get his wish as the Council of Chief State School Officers are pushing to include a road head simulator course to Common-Core standards beginning in the 2018 school year.
Parents or teachers interested in the #HeadOut campaign can call Sharon Peters at (530) 362-8471.