Could Pretending To Drive While Distracted Help Eliminate The Real Thing?


The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) took their distracted driving simulator to area high schools to give students the opportunity “to see the consequences of texting and driving for themselves in a safe way,” WAVE-TV reported on January 12, 2012. Steven Bowen, who has been taking the simulator to high school students across Kentucky for the past three years, told WAVE, “I’ve noticed that several of the people didn’t realize just how hard it is to do this little video game simulator exercise while trying to text on a cell phone. I think it really has opened some eyes.”

According to a KOHS press release, the Distracted Driving (D2) Simulator is “the most popular educational tool for high school students.” “The simulatorexposes teenagers to the real-life hazards of distracted driving without risking their lives involving a vehicular crash,” the release stated. “Drivers can receive and send phone calls and text messages while attempting to obey the rules of the road.”

The simulator proved to be an eye-opening experience for Matthew Linkous, who WAVE reported has only been driving for a short time. “I knew the dangers of it and I know people close who have had accidents because of texting so I never started it and don’t plan to, especially after this,” Linkous told WAVE.

Do you think that simulating the difficulty of distracted driving can help reduce the number of auto accidents? Should this technology be made available to more people than just the high school students?

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