April 12, 2012
In today’s technological age, we are experiencing a growing problem of distracted driving thanks to advanced cellphones, GPS devices, and car stereo systems. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that as many as 5,000 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents where distracted driving was a contributing factor.
That is why one organization, UNITE, with the help of the Virginia State Police, is working to curb these numbers by visiting school campuses with a high-tech distracted driving simulator.
The simulator works by putting students in mock driving scenarios where they must also send text messages through a phone at the same time. One instructor stated, “The simulators are set up to put them in a real-life driving experience. It’s kind of a worst-case scenario with driving conditions. Cars are swerving out in front of you. People are walking across crosswalks.” When a driver hits an obstacle, the ride is over and Troopers issue the participant a mock citation.
WSLS 10 News reported that the simulator will be set up at the Miller-Motte Technical College campus at the Tanglewood Mall on April 28 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm encourage anyone in the area to give the simulator a try. It may just be the lesson you need about distracted driving that saves your life or the life of another motorist.