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Simulator shows Volusia County teens the dangers of texting and driving
By Joe Crews
posted May 7, 2013 - 10:50:59am
Teenagers don't always listen to good advice. But when they're shown and experience something firsthand, the lesson tends to sink in more readily.
That's why Port Orange-based law firm Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell has cosponsored a free program that demonstrates to high-schoolers the dangers of texting and driving.
"It's particularly important to children who drive," Allan Ziffra, president of the firm, said. "I've seen statistics that texting and driving is three times more dangerous than drinking and driving, and we all know how dangerous that is."
The training program is called the "Text Free Zone," and it puts young drivers behind the wheel as they use a state-of-the-art, hands-on texting-and-driving simulator. Data compiled from simulated sessions throughout the United States showed that nearly all of those who got in the driver's seat failed after speeding, swerving and sometimes even striking simulated pedestrians.
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