The Iowa State Patrol has received some extra money to fight a problem that has killed a number of people on Iowa roads.
The patrol received a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to purchase three distracted driving simulators.
They will be used in Driver’s Ed classes this summer to teach students the realities of texting while driving.
The patrol says the average text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4 or 5 seconds. During that time, a car going 55 miles per hour travels the length of a football field.
“We can put teenagers behind in the wheel in snowy situation, driving down the interstate, in cities, out in the counties, with completely different scenarios; we’ll have deer jump out at them at night time. It just shows that when they start texting and driving, what the vehicle actually does when they are texting and then we can replay that scenario, so the individual can actually observe what they just did behind the wheel,” Sgt. Scott Bright explained.
There are 13 safety education officers with the state patrol that will take the simulators across the state.