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Texting teen driver takes out top science award

Posted on 05 Feb 2014

Just how dangerous is texting or making calls on your mobile phone while driving?

Thanks to 14-year-old Conroy Cheers from Melbourne we may all soon know.

Conroy was named as one of the winners of the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards in Melbourne today.

Conroy’s first place in the Investigations category of the awards was for developing a method to measure the risks of texting while driving, and also making hands-on and hands-free voice calls.

Using a readily available driving simulator, Conroy ‘drove’ the streets texting friends, calling his family and measured how his driving was affected. Conroy hopes the process will allow people to experience firsthand the dangers of texting while driving.

“I have loved science and engineering in any size or shape, for as long as I can remember,” Conroy said.

“I always get excited at the prospect of ‘making stuff’, and also enjoy riding my bike and reading. My ambition is to become a scientist or an engineer, perhaps in the field of nanotechnology.”

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