Microsoft Word – Hernando County Media Alert – Driving Simulator June 12 event.doc
Experience the effects and consequences of distracted driving
WHO: AAA’s Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and Hernando County Tax Collector Sally Daniel
WHAT: AAA’s driving simulator is coming to the Hernando County Tax Collector’s office in Spring Hill, providing an opportunity for people to get behind a virtual wheel and experience the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. During a test drive, drivers will encounter various road obstacles and attempt to send text messages while behind the wheel. Participants will also experience how reaction times and visibility are altered for intoxicated drivers.
INTERVIEWS AND VISUALS:
- Reporters, driver license employees and customers visiting the tax collector’s office are invited to get behind the wheel.
- See how reaction times decrease during a simulated drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- On the simulated driver, participants may be pulled over for a minor traffic violation, experience a DUI
checkpoint, or be engaged in a fatal crash as a result of their impairment.
- Engaging, high-quality video shot from a first-person perspective allows participants to experience what it’s like to be arrested, put in jail, and sentenced by a judge for their crime committed while driving.
- Interviews can be set up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHY: Teens across the country are eager to begin their summer holiday. Not only will some be learning to drive for the first time, but with school out, others will have more time for joyriding. This brings with it an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes. Summer is traditionally the deadliest season for young drivers with an average of 261 teens dying during each of the summer months in traffic crashes, a 26 percent increase compared to the rest of the year.
With distracted driving causing as many as 80 percent of traffic crashes, AAA’s Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation is partnering with driver license offices in Florida to help motorists stay safe on the road this summer. The driving simulator is designed to show teens and adults alike how distracted or intoxicated driving endangers themselves and other motorists.
WHEN: June 12, 2014, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Hernando County Tax Collector’s Office, Westside Government Center
7489 Forest Oaks Blvd Spring Hill, FL 34606
FOR MORE INFO: Michele Harris, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, (813) 785-2335
ABOUT THE AUTO CLUB GROUP TRAFFIC SAFETY FOUNDATION
Established in 2010 by AAA – The Auto Club Group, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.