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Wausau PD Offers Distracted Driving SimulatorSubmitted: 05/16/2013

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WAUSAU - We teach our kids to look both ways before they cross the street, buckle their seatbelts, and never drink and drive. But our kids may be teaching us a safety lesson soon. When it comes to texting and driving, adults are worse offenders than teenagers.

Today, Wausau Police went to Wausau West High School. Instead of telling them how dangerous texting and driving can be, they showed them.

This simulator car has an accelerator and brakes, but doesn't actually move. Students who went in thinking they can get away with texting and driving found out otherwise.

"I think they do feel like they do a pretty good job. They might say, 'Well oh yeah I was speeding a little bit'. But they don't even realize the drifting and the danger that it could cause," says Maureen Pilsner, from the Wausau Police Department.

One of our reporters gave it a shot, thinking she did pretty well. But she hit two people, another car, and had two speeding violations.

"Anything that you're texting or reading over the phone while you're driving is not worth dying for or risking someone else's life so it can wait. Hopefully through people's passion on this topic more lives can be saved in the future," says Maggie Deloye, a Wausau West Senior.

The Wausau Police Department is offering the simulator to anyone in Marathon County who wants to learn the dangers of distracted driving. Officers will take it to businesses, schools and community events. If you're interested, you can call the police department.



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