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DISTRACTION DANGERS: Grant For Driving Simulators

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Teen drivers in Iowa will soon have a new tool to learn about distracted driving.

Wednesday afternoon State Farm awarded the Iowa State Patrol a $25,000 grant. The money will be used to buy three distracted driving simulators.

The State Patrol Safety Education Unit will take the simulators across the state.

Authorities say the new option could help save lives on Iowa roads.   

“Sending or receiving a text takes eye off the road for an average of 4.5 seconds driving at 55 miles per hour you have driven the length of a football field…blind,” says Sgt. Scott Bright with the ISP.

Sgt. Bright says 392 people were killed nationwide in 2010 from distracted driving.