Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 21, 2014

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Distracted Driving Simulator to be featured at Marshall County Fair July 24-25


Visit the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office booth to learn firsthand the risks of driving distracted

What: Visitors to the Marshall County Fair are invited to stop by the Sheriff’s booth to experience firsthand how challenging it is to drive safely while distracted from the serious task at hand.

A driving simulator relies on three computer monitors, creating a 3-dimensional driving experience. The simulator highlights the negative effects of impaired driving, either by drugs or alcohol; and distracted driving, whether by texting, improper cell phone usage or other distracting activities. Fairgoers can try the simulator free of charge.

The simulator was purchased by the Greater Northwest Emergency Medical Services with a grant from State Farm. It will be available to local high schools, community events, driver’s education programs and area agencies to educate drivers and raise awareness about the risk distractions pose while driving.

"State Farm is committed to making the roads safer, preventing injuries and saving lives," said State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Savage. "The simulator made available through this grant is a great opportunity to educate people about the importance of engaged driving."

Where: The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department’s booth, located under the Grandstand at the Marshall County Fairgrounds, Warren, MN

When: Thursday - Friday, July 24-25, 2014, 12-8 p.m. daily

Who: Representatives from Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths, Greater Northwest Emergency Medical Services and State Farm Insurance