NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV/US92) - The Nebraska State Patrol is using technology to give area high school students a chance to experience the perils of distracted driving first-hand.
The Patrol is taking a distracted driving simulator to area schools this week, to help teens better understand the importance of driving without distractions.
The simulator is designed so the user feels like they are really in a car, complete with steering wheel, gear shifter and gas and brake pedals.
The device is hooked up to a computer program that can simulate various driving conditions.
State Patrol Trooper Bill Price says the simulator is a great way for high schoolers to learn about driving safely in a way that they will enjoy.
"It's for 16 and above high school students, to let them go out and experience what's going on out on the roadway, and to have some fun with it. When it's fun you learn, and they actually get to do it," said State Patrol Trooper Bill Price.
Price says the Patrol is taking the simulator to the Neligh-Oakdale and Osmond school districts this week, and will be taken to schools in Norfolk next month.
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