Press Release

Texting & Driving Awareness Simulator Comes to HLGU Campus

Monday, October 3, 2011
by Margaret Street

HANNIBAL, Mo. –Texting can be more dangerous than alcohol to drivers, and government officials are starting to take notice. Laws are being passed in many states to ban texting while driving, and a large number of PSAs are being broadcast on internet and television. Thanks to a partnership between Hannibal-LaGrange University and an organization called PEER Awareness, the dangers of texting while driving can now be experienced in a safe, controlled environment.

PEER Awareness, a health and wellness company based in Grand Rapids, MI, will be visiting the HLGU campus on October 4th. Students and faculty will be introduced to the AWARE-TXT Simulator from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Nunn-Cook parking lot.. This technology allows students to sit in a real car which is suspended and monitored with sensors to simulate real driving. The software renders a virtual field of vision, visible on a heads-up display worn by the “driver.” This software also renders various road conditions, like rain and snow.

Participants then experience the difficulty of texting while driving in a completely safe environment. This allows students to fully appreciate the dangers without risking their safety. The simulator is becoming a fast favorite among high school and college campuses around the country.

For more information on PEER Awareness and their AWARE-TXT Simulator, as well as other programs, visit their website at www.peerawareness.com

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations