Hands-On Lesson On Distracted Driving For Some Lexington Workers

Contributor: Christine Winter
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 10/23/2012 7:49 pm
We've all heard about the dangers of texting while driving.

But nothing beats experiencing it for yourself.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety paid a visit today to the people at Columbia Gas in Lexington.

Workers got to try a distracted driving simulator.

They simulated driving a car while texting or using a cellphone.

As you might guess, some accidents resulted.

The people who run the simulator say this always generates good word of mouth.

Jack Hutchinson of the KY Office of Highway Safety says, "They'll share it with their coworkers. And before you know it, they're all talking about, 'You know, I used to text and drive, but man, I ran into a pedestrian on there...I rear-ended a car or truck or whatever.' And they'll say, 'It's maybe more dangerous than I realized.'"

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the chances for a crash are 23 times worse if a driver is texting compared to when the driver is focused on the road.

Most Popular
Hustonville Woman Killed In Collision With Log Truck
State Police said Amanda Griffin, 21, of Hustonville, was killed when the car she was driving crossed the centerline and collided with a log truck on KY 906 near Liberty Wednesday afternoon. KSP said Griffin was not wearing a seat belt.
Clark County Man Arrested for Child Pornography
Detectives with the Clark County Sheriff's Office arrested a man after finding child pornography on his laptop.
Campton Man Charged In Big Marijuana Bust In Powell County
The Powell County Sheriff said Beacher Campbell of Campton was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana. Investigators said they confiscated $15,000 in the bust.
2014 36 Blitz: Somerset Briar Jumpers
Head coach Robbie Lucas lost a big senior class, but that doesn't mean Somerset has any lower expectations this season. Video Video
Woman Taken To Hospital After SUV Flips On New Circle Rd.
Lexington Police said a woman went to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after the SUV she was driving flipped on New Circle Road.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.