New Simulator Teaches Teens The Dangers Of Distracted Driving

by Staff | December 12th, 2012

December 12, 2012

Distracted drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in crashes than drivers who pay attention to only the road. These crashes account for more than 3,000 fatalities and approximately 416,000 injuries each year. The News and Tribune discussed how one group is working to educate teens of these dangers with the hopes of preventing such crashes.

A group of Providence High School students from Clarksville, Indiana, who are part of a group known as Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), recently hosted an event at the school that marked the second time a new driving simulator was used.

The simulator puts students behind the wheel of a virtual car. As the driver maneuvers through a course, they must also operate a cellphone that is sending the driver both calls and texts. One Providence Senior commented on how difficult it was to drive safely and use the phone, adding a person would have to be, “quite the multitasker.”

Geoff Grow, Director for Indiana SADD, added getting teens to understand the risks involved with distracted driving is crucial, considering Indiana Auto Accidents caused by distracted driving are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the state today.

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