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TOLEDO, OH (Press Release) -
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) launched the Distracted Driver Simulator Tour with funding assistance from Nationwide Insurance.
The Distracted Driver Simulator features a computer-generated simulation of texting while driving.
The set-up includes a steering wheel, turn indicators, gas and brake pedals. After "buckling up," the driver takes the wheel and tries to drive with distractions.
Scott High School Community Hub in partnership with graduate students from Bowling Green State University have arranged for the simulator to available on March 19, 2014, during the school day for Scott students to learn the risks involved with distracted driving.
The participant receives a phone call, sends a text message and listens to passenger conversations while driving.
It doesn't take long before the driver makes an error and is involved in a crash that results in simulated interactions with police, medical staff and a judge.
ODOT uses the simulator as a tool to educate young drivers and the public about the dangers of distracted driving.
ODOT also uses it as a tool to discuss other safety issues, such as roadway departure and intersection crashes, seat belt use, speed and drunk driving, which contribute to hundreds of deaths each year.
Today, ODOT has four simulators available for free use at large public events (ex. fairs) and high schools.
Its use is restricted to day-long events with a large number of people and a high probability of reaching young drivers.
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