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Texting-while-driving simulator on campus Nov. 9

Published Wednesday, 9th November 2011

Texting-while-driving simulator on campus Nov. 9

Texting can be more dangerous than alcohol to drivers, and government officials have taken notice. Laws are being passed in many states to ban texting while driving, and awareness of the danger increases every day.

Thanks to a partnership between Tyler Junior College and an organization called PEER Awareness, the dangers of texting while driving can now be experienced in a safe, controlled environment.

PEER Awareness, a health and wellness company based in Grand Rapids, Mich., will be set up outside TJC’s Rogers Student Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, to introduce students and faculty to the AWARE-TXT Simulator.

The simulator allows students to sit in a real car which is suspended and monitored with sensors to simulate real driving. The software renders a virtual field of vision, visible on a heads-up display worn by the "driver." This software also renders various road conditions, like rain and snow.

Students then experience the difficulty of texting while driving in a completely safe environment. This allows students to fully appreciate the dangers without risking their safety.

The simulator is becoming a fast favorite among high school and college campuses around the country.

For more information on PEER Awareness and their AWARE-TXT Simulator, as well as other programs, visit their website at www.peerawareness.com.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
11/9/2011

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