Distracted Driving Simulation Shows the Risks and Dangers
VALDOSTA, GA- The unionrecorder.com writes that a simulator at the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is being used to increase awareness of the risks of distracted driving, The simulator is functioning as part of AT&T’s “it can wait” message that is attempting to teach people not to drive while they are distracted, in particular, by their smartphones.*
A spokesperson for AT&T, Michael Stephenson, stated that the company’s goal is to address the issue that “no text, no email, no Facebook message, no glance at the phone is worth a life.”
The simulator allows students to enter a three-dimensional virtualworld in which they can safely experience the potential consequences of distracted driving. Throughout the course of the event, the names of victims of distracted driving were displayed on the walls.
One of the students taking part in thedemonstration stated that the message was great and that he saw how far you could travel while not paying attention. He said that he went 100 yards in under five seconds time. In the simulator, he ended up crashing.
Another student stated that he participated in the event and that he knows people who have been involved in accidents because of texting and driving.
Another representative from AT&T said that people are “dependent” on instant communication and that distracted driving is “an epidemic.”
The president of Wiregrass stated that is the demonstration can “save one life,” that “would be powerful.” She stated that the safety of her students was the most important issue and that when people choose to answer a text message while they are behind the wheel, they are putting themselves and others at risk and are a danger on the road.
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