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Save A Life Tour | Chicago Tribune | Libertyville, IL
Save A Life Tour | Trenton Republican Times| Trenton, MO
Save A Life Tour | Daily Record | Penn State, NY
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Students from Penn State York hit the highways and suburban roadways Wednesday afternoon. They also hit stop signs, storefronts, buses and parked vehicles. “That’s why I don’t text while driving!” Natia Jones, 20, of York, said after navigating into the opposite lane and over-correcting across a front lawn before crashing into a road sign.
The repeated crashes were all part of a texting-and-driving simulation brought to campus by the student programming board. The simulators, provided by Kramer Entertainment Inc., have been touring the country for about a month as part of the company’s Save a Life Tour, which also includes a drinking-and-driving simulator. Two simulators were brought Wednesday to Penn State York as part of the national Save A Life Tour. Each simulator was like a driving video game, but participants received text messages on an attached iTouch and had to respond while ‘driving.’ (Daily Record/Sunday News – Kate Penn) Participants sat in front of a screen that displayed the road.
Settings for the simulation included cities, suburbs, open highways and country roads in both sunny and snowy conditions. While operating the steering wheel and gas and brake pedals, they had to respond to texts on an iTouch. Within minutes of starting, they received texts such as “what are you doing?” and “what is your favorite color?” “You could be 100 feet away from a car, take your eyes away for one second, and that car is right in front of you,” said Sean Medina, a tour technician. According to a AAA survey, 88 percent of drivers think other drivers’ text messaging and emailing could be a serious threat to their safety.
The goal of the simulators is to make students think before they text and drive. “I definitely think they’ll think again, because it helps you visualize (the outcome),” Scott said. “It was really realistic,” said Jones, who ended another turn at the wheel by crashing into a bus. “They show you real images of what can happen.” After each “wreck,” images from actual car crashes were displayed with facts about driving while distracted. The program also used TV screens to display additional facts and videos.”
Save A Life Tour | Winona State | Winona, MN
Winona, MN – “The reality of what texting and driving can be tough to come face to face with, but it’s also something the Winona County Sheriff’s Office finds all too familiar. “That day was a clear day. The car was going along and he was texting, had the phone under his steering wheel. He got on the left side of the road with eyes off the road, tried to correct himself but he over-corrected and flipped the car on its top. The car ended up on top of a tree which he was pinned and he died,” recalls Sheriff Dave Brand.
The man involved in that crash in April 2010 was just a teenager. Now, students at Winona State University are finding out through real-life scenarios, just how dangerous texting while driving can be. “They hop in the car, we have an iPod connected to the simulator, we send them eight texts randomly,” says crew member of Kramer Entertainment, a company that provides simulations for an event like ‘The Distracted Driving Program’ at Winona State.
The goal of the students who try the simulation is to text back without crashing, but they learned it’s much harder than it seems. Students were given fake tickets for getting caught texting, causing a collision and sometimes were even killed in the crashes. “A lot of students go out and say ‘whoa didn’t know it was really like that’,” says Williams. But a lot of students also say they’re still doing the inevitable, many admitting they do text on the road. But the Sheriff says drivers need to stop texting when they’re driving not only because it’s illegal, but it’s putting many lives at risk.
“You’ve got to concentrate on driving your vehicle because you’re responsible for that vehicle and driving it properly,” says Brand. “Texting and driving doesn’t work just like drinking and driving doesn’t work.” Other students say they’re advocates of anti-texting while driving.
“I know somebody who when they’re driving, they like to Google stuff or email and I tell them ‘don’t text while you’re driving’ and they’re like ‘well I’m not texting’,” says Winona State freshman Mikayla Ward. “You’re putting yourself and everybody else in danger.”But if you just can’t give up the cell phone, Brand says there’s a solution.
“Pull off to the side of the road so they’re not in the way of traffic and do their phone messages,” he says.”
Save A Life Tour | Hudsonville Public Schools | Hudsonville, MI
Hudsonville, MI – “Good Afternoon Jason, The Save a Life assembly today along with the distracted driving simulators were very well organized. Your staff was very professional from the time they showed up early this morning and throughout the day. They worked with over 400 students cycling through the distracted driving simulations. I heard many positive comments from our staff who attended the assembly and from our students who were able to participate in the simulations. Thank you for securing sponsorship for this event and allowing us to work with you to bring it to Hudsonville Public Schools. I would recommend Kramer [Entertainment] along with this presentation to anybody interested in hosting such an event. Sincerely ~ Erik”
Save A Life Tour | Mount Pleasant HS | Mount Pleasant, MI
Mount Pleasant, MI – “Jason and everyone at Kramer [Entertainment], All of us at Mount Pleasant High School are very grateful to you for bringing the Save a Life Tour here to MPHS. The results from the student surveys and general response from the student community was truly remarkable. This program provides a priceless message for our students and all of us here at MPHS thank you for bringing this program back to our school. – Liz”
Save A Life Tour | North Decatur HS | Greensburg, IN
Save A Life Tour | Fulton County HS | Hickman, KY
Save A Life Tour | WOOD TV 8 News | Grand Rapids, MI