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Sauquoit students learn dangers of distracted driving

The U.S. Army brought its Distracted Driver Trailer to Sauquoit Valley High School Tuesday to discuss the risks of impaired and distracted driving.

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 10:38 AM

SAUQUOIT – The U.S. Army brought its Distracted Driver Trailer to Sauquoit Valley High School Tuesday to discuss the risks of impaired and distracted driving.

The trailer contains a Distracted Driver Simulator, which looks like an arcade driving game. It is meant to show students the risks of not paying attention while driving in a scenario where they’re actually behind a wheel.

There was also a pedal kart activity where students wear ‘beer goggles’ and see how driving drunk could affect motor skills and vision.

Army Capt. Isaac Turner says the simulator is an interactive learning tool that shows students the risks of distracted driving and how to stay safe.

“Safety is an everyday item in the Army, its preached constantly, in everything we do. There's risk to everything, and we are just trying to share that message and ways for people to be aware of the risks they are taking…they may not understand how substantial those risks could be,” said Turner.

Students used the simulator and experienced different levels of impairment in a safe environment to see the risks first-hand.

The Distracted Driver Trailer exhibit travels to high schools, colleges and fairs, encouraging people to practice safe driving.

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