The public is invited to participate in an impaired driving simulator at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby and get a crash course on the dangers of drunk driving as well as texting while driving and driving under the influence of drugs.
Three different simulators, a pedal kart, and distraction goggles, seat belt persuaded, and seat belt convincer, will be available for public use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 30 and July 1, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 2, in CRMC’s parking lot along Highway 210.
In the pedal kart, people will get behind the wheel and put on a pair of virtual reality goggles to experience the dangers of impaired and distracted driving in a controlled environment. Participants get a very real feel for how hard it can be to operate a car while drunk, distracted, or high on drugs. Another simulator lets drivers experience a roll-over accident while the others show how a seat belt saves lives during impact.
The simulation is planned in conjunction with Enough Tragedy, a presentation by the husband of an impaired driving victim who is telling his personal story of how the incident forever changed his family’s life on Tuesday, June 29, at 6 p.m. in Crosby-Ironton Secondary School’s Mayberry Auditorium.
The purpose of the events is to help impaired driving offenders understand the lasting and long-term effects of impaired driving and prevent accidents. There is no cost to attend and no reservation is necessary. CRMC is sponsoring Enough Tragedy with support from Toward Zero Deaths.