Simulator demonstrates dangers of distracted driving.

February 7, 2017



Simulator demonstrates dangers of distracted driving.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — Students from each of the county high schools had the opportunity to experience a variety of driving challenges Tuesday afternoon by testing out a driving simulator at Ludington Police Department. The primary purpose of the simulator, which is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance, is to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving, especially using a cell phone while driving. The simulator also demonstrated other scenarios such as alcohol or drug impaired driving and winter driving.

IMG_4573“Distracted driving is one of the most common violations I see,” said Officer Tony Kuster of Ludington Police Department. “More and more, young people are constantly on their phones and other devices. They often don’t realize the potential danger this creates for themselves and other drivers on the road.”

Distracted driving or tasks associated with using hand-held phones or portable devices increases the risks of getting into a crash three-fold. Eleven people die each day as a result of distracted driving; 34% of teens admit to texting while driving, according a press release from Farm Bureau Insurance. 

Tuesday’s demonstration was an opportunity for students, school administrators, and potential donors to view the simulator. Kuster said he was looking for feedback from the students and school officials.

Kuster said the goal is to raise funds to have a simulator locally.

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