Argus - USA Today story features Safety Village type driving simulators
An article this weekend in the Argus Leader from the USA Today hailed the virtues of Interactive driving simulators from Virtual Driver. These are the same simulators used by the Sioux Empire Safety Village located at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls.
As pointed out in the article one of the great features of the simulators is that drivers learn consequences of driving while drinking or texting. The drivers not only experience what it’s like to drive impaired and while texting using their own phone, but once things go awry the police show up on the video, they take you to jail or maybe the hospital, and you go to court. You find out how much it’s going to cost you financially and how long a drunk driving charge stays on your record.
While these machines weren’t really meant to be mobile, the Sioux Empire Safety Village has figured out how to make them so. We’ve been taking our three simulators to schools in Eastern South Dakota for a little more than a year. More than 2,600 students have experienced Simulated Reality. We work with the schools and local law enforcement to make this happen. A simulator will be available to fair goers during the Sioux Empire Fair Aug. 4-12, if you want to try your hand at it.
For a look at the USA Today article, we have it posted on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/siouxempiresafetyvillage