Since 2011, the Ohio Department of Transportation has been
using Distracted Driver Simulators at high schools, fairs and other public events to demonstrate the dangers
of cell phone use while driving.
In 2013, Ohio
law enforcement agencies reported 62 deaths, 762 serious injuries and 17,594
crashes that were attributed to distracted driving. Many more crashes go
unreported each year because it can be difficult to prove distraction in a
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.
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.
has seven simulators available for free use at large public events such as high
schools and fairs. Their use is restricted to day-long events with a large
number of people and a high probability of reaching young drivers. We do not schedule the
simulator for company training events.
Three of the
simulators are new models donated by the Maria
Tiberi Foundation. In September of 2013, long-time 10TV sports
anchor, Dom Tiberi, lost his daughter in a distracted driving crash. Since
Maria’s death, Dom and his family have been on a mission, trying to make
drivers, especially young drivers, aware of the dangers of distracted
If you would
like to reserve the simulator for an event, please contact the coordinator
located in your region of the state (see link below) to discuss your event