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Students to experience the perils of texting while driving (virtually), Feb. 21

2/16/2012 —

Penn State Mont Alto students will get a realistic test of the perils of texting while driving when the campus hosts the Save a Life Tour and their Distracted Driving Simulators on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. The simulators will be available for students from 12-4 pm in the Heritage Room in the Millstream Café.

According to the event organizers, research shows that texting while driving is about six times more likely to result in a crash than driving while intoxicated, and it results in more than half a million deaths and injuries every year. They say that number has been increasing by about four percent annually.

Mont Alto students will have the opportunity to take the Distracted Driving Tour in one of two driving simulators. The simulators have a steering wheel, dashboard display, gas and brake pedals and screens that display a realistic virtual driving environment. While in the simulator, students will be prompted to attempt to drive while distracted by texting; a computer will track traffic violations and accidents that happen during their (virtual) experience behind the wheel.

Members of the media are invited to come test the simulators and talk to Penn State Mont Alto students about their experiences texting while driving, safely, in the Distracting Driving Simulator.

For more information, please contact Kristie Fry at 717-749-6112 or by email at kfry@psu.edu.

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