Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit, joined with the West Irondequoit Central Schools and Nationwide Insurance to host “Distracted Driving Awareness Day” at Irondequoit High School, 260 Cooper Road, to demonstrate the dangers of texting and related behaviors behind the wheel. A Buffalo-area Nationwide agency provided the simulator equipment.
“One in 11 traffic deaths in the United States are connected to distraction due to texting or cell phone use,” Morelle said. “As Assembly Insurance chairman and especially as a father, I believe it is essential that we educate young drivers about the terrible consequences that can result from letting your attention waver from the road even for a few seconds. I’m grateful to Nationwide and Superintendent Crane for bringing Distracted Driving Awareness Day and its important lessons to West Irondequoit.”
"West Irondequoit is pleased to bring this opportunity to our students. The distracted driving simulator reinforces what we teach in our health classes and will provide a hands-on experience for those enrolled in the driver education program offered through our Community Education Department,” said West Irondequoit Superintendent Jeff Crane.
“This is a great opportunity for people to actually see how texting while driving hampers their driving abilities,” said Brian O’Dell, Regional Vice President for the Northeast Regional Office of Nationwide Insurance. “Nationwide is committed to making the roads safer. Opening the eyes of young drivers to these dangers via the simulator is one way to send that message without serious consequences.”
For more information on this issue, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site at www.nhtsa.gov.