Driving Simulators Donated As Part Of Maria’s Message

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The Maria Tiberi Foundation is providing distracted driving simulators so young people can experience the potential consequences.

It means that teens are learning to keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their minds on driving.

Friday at Dublin Jerome High School, teens were using the new simulators.

“I was distracted, ran a stop sign, got swiped from the left,” said Trevor Marcus.

A distracted driving simulator is teaching teens the dangers of distracted driving. 

“I crashed a couple times. (I) ran a stop sign, got rear ended. It didn't end well,” added Marcus.

Faith Pearson, 18, is finding out what happens when you don't keep your eyes on the road.

“I hit a dog which I didn't even see so that's pretty bad,” she laughed.

The Maria Tiberi Foundation has donated nearly a dozen simulators to ODOT and local police departments so young drivers find out how much ground they cover when they're looking at their phone or something else in the car.

“That car came up pretty fast on me or I came up pretty fast on it,” said Pearson.

Police say if the simulators convince even one teen to put down their phone and pay attention to the road, the effort is worthwhile. The teens we talked to say the experience was eye opening.

“Because it doesn't seem like a big deal, but when you see the damage you can do - it's serious,” added Pearson.

Police say people who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get into an accident than someone who is paying attention to the road.

The Maria’s Message campaign and the Maria Tiberi Foundation were started after 10TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi’s daughter lost her life in a crash in 2013.

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