Virtual reality simulator shows dangers of distracted driving - WKRN News 2

Virtual reality simulator shows dangers of distracted driving

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A virtual reality simulator is showing drivers just how easy it is to crash while driving distracted or impaired.

The "Arrive Alive" tour touched down in Murfreesboro Friday at MTSU.

"We take sensors, we hook it up to the breaks, steering wheel and gas pedal," Patrick Sheehy with the United International Arrive Alive Tour explained to News 2.

Drivers are challenged to a texting and driving or a drinking and driving test through the 3D glasses.

"We add drinks to the simulation, try to get your blood alcohol around legal limit and it slows down the reaction time on your steering breaks and gas. It also affects your peripheral vision, hand eye coordination and depth perception."

Sheehy says most people recognize the risk in drinking and driving, but texting and driving is causing even more accidents. 

"For every alcohol accident on the road there is four texting and driving accidents now," said Sheehy.
 
One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use and it's a growing concern.

"Car crashes for teens is the number one killer of teens nationwide, so anything we can do in the Governors Highway Safety Office to bring education, experience, media whatever we can do we are going to do it. Our mission is to reduce crashes and save lives in the state of Tennessee,"  Kendell Poole the Director of the Tennessee Governors Highway Safety Office explained.

The Arrive Alive tour runs through June all over the country. For more information visit http://arrivealivetour.com/unite/

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