Local Schools Hosts Free Distracted Driver Simulator
ODOT Reminds Drivers: “Stay Alert to Stay Alive Behind the Wheel”
GARFEILD HEIGHTS (Friday, May 4, 2012) – Student drivers can test their ability to drive while distracted or impaired by taking a spin on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s new Distracted Driver Simulator as it makes its first tour through Cuyahoga County.
The Distracted Driver Simulator Tour is part of ODOT’s comprehensive roadway safety campaign “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” which aims to educate Ohioans on how to use the roads safely – whether behind the wheel, behind the handlebars or on foot.
The simulator places a driver in a seat with a computer monitor in front of them, gas and brake pedals, turn signals and a steering wheel. After buckling up, the driver takes the wheel and must drive with distractions or with impaired abilities, such as those caused by drug or alcohol use. In either scenario, it doesn’t take long before the driver makes an error and is involved in a crash that results in realistic simulated interactions with police, medical staff and a judge.
The Distracted Driver Simulator will be at the following schools next week:
· May 7, Independence High School – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.**
· May 8, North Royalton High School – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· May 9, Westlake High School – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· May 10, Cleveland State University Student Center – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· May 11, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.**
**May 7 and 11 dates will feature special guest, State Representative Marlene Anielski.
In 2010, Ohio law enforcement agencies reported 39 fatalities, 454 serious injuries and 12,410 crashes that were attributed specifically to distracted driving.
ODOT’s new safety campaign is linked to the state’s overall goal of reducing roadway fatalities five (5) percent by 2015. With nearly 300,000 crashes across Ohio in 2010 and more than 1,000 deaths, ODOT could help save 150 lives on Ohio’s roadways.
For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005
or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us