Simulation event offers opportunity to test distracted driving skills

UNC’s Division of Pediatric Surgery will host a driving-while-distracted simulation event on Monday, April 6, featuring a text-and-drive simulator that enables the public to experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving.

Simulation event offers opportunity to test distracted driving skills click to enlarge The simulator is free and open to the community.

UNC's Division of Pediatric Surgery, through grants from the N.C. Children’s Promise and UNC Health Care’s Volunteer Association, will host a driving-while-distracted simulation event to highlight the perils of texting and driving.

UNC's Division of Pediatric Surgery present "Don't Drive Distracted!"
Monday, April 6, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lobby of N.C. Children’s Hospital

The event is free and open to the public. Participants will have the opportunity to take a road test in a full-size car set up as a distracted driving simulator and experience firsthand how even minimal distractions can affect a driver's attention with sometimes catastrophic consequences. Following the road test, the N.C. State Highway Patrol will issue mock citations, and drivers may sign pledge cards, promising to do their part to eliminate distracted driving on North Carolina roadways. Parent-teen driving contracts will also be available.

Several organizations have partnered with the Division of Pediatric Surgery to offer educational materials and giveaways. They include AAA, Safe Kids North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Transportation, UNC Rehabilitation Services, and local and regional law enforcement agencies.

There will be a brief, formal program at noon, which will feature presentations from Steve Phillips, traffic manager from AAA Carolinas, and Tammy Garlock, whose son, 17-year-old Brian Garlock, was killed in a North Carolina distracted driving accident in 2008.

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