Safe Way To Learn Dangers Of Texting While Driving

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Workers at Jefferson County Public Health say texting while driving is a major problem in the county and accounts for about17 percent of all accidents.

They say a simulator is a realistic, yet safe way of teaching an important lesson.

"There's deer running out, there's other cars on the road, and even the person in the car telling them to text their family - that's a distraction as well," said Kari Chavoustie, public health educator.

The simulator is used at schools, fairs and other community events.

Public Health says while anyone can use the simulator, teenagers are the focus.

"Even though they actually make up a smaller portion of the registered drivers in our county, they have the most accidents from distracted driving," said Chavoustie.

Those accidents are not just dangerous, they're expensive - a lesson the simulator helps to get across.

"The cost of having your car totaled or dented, the cost of your insurance going up, the cost of not having your car for maybe for a week or two or a month," said Faith Lustik, public health planner.

If you want to give the simulator a try, visit Public Health's open house on October 24 where the simulator will be on display.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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