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Test Drive ODOT’s Distracted Driver Simulator.


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Distracted Driver Simulator Tour
In 2011, ODOT launched the Distracted Driver Simulator Tour with funding assistance from Nationwide Insurance.
The 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.
The 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.
ODOT uses the simulator as a tool to educate young drivers and the public about the dangers of distracted driving.  ODOT also uses it as a tool to discuss other safety issues, such as roadway departure and intersection crashes, seat belt use, speed and drunk driving, which contribute to hundreds of deaths each year.
Today, ODOT has four simulators available for free use at large public events (ex. fairs) and high schools.  Its use is restricted to day-long events with a large number of people and a high probability of reaching young drivers.  
Please contact the coordinator located in your region of the state (see link below) to discuss your event ideas.  ODOT can only accommodate a small number of events each years.  We do not schedule the simulator for company training events.
Note: We prefer in-door events because the computer equipment can be damaged by rain.  Outdoor events can be reserved, but the equipment cannot be used if there is a credible threat of rain.
Fact Sheet for Distracted Driving
Fact Sheet on Ohio's Texting and Driving Ban

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Test Drive ODOT’s Distracted Driver Simulator at One of These Events!

Gahanna Lincoln HS, 140 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna Apr. 16 to Apr. 16, 2014
Medina Highland & Buckeye HSApr. 17 to Apr. 30, 2014
Highland HS (Medina) 555 Independence Drive, Medina, OH Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2014
Sharon S - Dist 8 Simulator EventsApr. 23 to May. 15, 2014
Buckeye HS (Medina) 3084 Columbia Road, Medina OH Apr. 25 to Apr. 25, 2014
Circleville HS (New), 380 Clark Drive, Circleville, 43113 Apr. 30 to Apr. 30, 2014
Avon HS, 37545 Detroit Road, Avon 44011 May. 13 to May. 15, 2014
Toledo ProMedica Events, Toledo Area (Terry Kirkham)May. 16 to May. 26, 2014
Adams Co. Safe CommunitiesJun. 13 to Jun. 15, 2014
Putnam Co. Fair (Mike Klear)Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2014
Dayton Air ShowJun. 27 to Jun. 30, 2014
Franklin County Fair, Hilliard, OHJul. 11 to Jul. 20, 2014
Ohio State Fair, Columbus, OHJul. 22 to Aug. 03, 2014
Wood Co. FairJul. 30 to Aug. 01, 2014
Hartford Fair (Licking County)Aug. 02 to Aug. 10, 2014
Huron Co. FairAug. 11 to Aug. 16, 2014
Allen County Fair, Allen Co Fairgrounds, LimaAug. 14 to Aug. 24, 2014
Dublin Jerome HSSep. 15 to Sep. 19, 2014
Toledo ProMedica / Area High SchoolsSep. 19 to Sep. 29, 2014