A Public Service Event designed to help teens in our changing technological world!
McGrath Insurance Group, Inc. Brings Distractology 101™ Tour to Sturbridge to Educate Teen Drivers on Dangers of Distracted Driving
Mobile Classroom and High-Tech Driving Simulations Educate Young Drivers Firsthand
STURBRIDGE, Mass., April 16, 2015 – McGrath Insurance Group, Inc. is proud to bring the state-of-the-art Distractology 101 tour to Sturbridge during the week of May 18-22. Distractology 101 is an interactive program developed by the Arbella Insurance Foundation to teach new drivers the dangers of distracted driving. The campaign features a 36-foot-long, neon-yellow mobile classroom outfitted with high-tech driving simulators designed to give new drivers the chance to experience the perils of distracted driving, including texting while driving.
“Since 2010, Distractology 101 has played a vital role in educating our communities’ young drivers on the dangers of distracted driving,” said Richard McGrath, president and CEO of McGrath Insurance Group. “Though laws are now in place against distracted driving, education is the real key to making sure drivers make smart decisions behind the wheel. We at McGrath Insurance are proud to host the Distractology tour for our teens in Sturbridge.”
“The Sturbridge Police Department decided to participate in the Distractology 101 because distracted driving is very dangerous, and tragically teenagers behind the wheel distracted are most at risk of being in a fatal or serious injury crash,” said Lt. Earl Dessert. “The Sturbridge Police Department hopes that by hosting the Distractology 101 it will educate our young drivers and open their eyes to how quickly a crash can occur when they are distracted while driving.”
The Distractology driving simulator, based on Arbella-funded research conducted with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will travel to various communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island during the 2014-2015 school year, offering 45 minutes of simulated distracted driving to each participant.
During the driving simulator training — Distractology 101: A Crash Course on Distracted Driving — teens and other new drivers face a number of scenarios based on real-world examples, educating participants on how to anticipate hidden hazards, react to the road and avoid accidents. Participants also complete the online portion of the curriculum at www.DistractU.com and make a safe-driving pledge in order to complete the training.
To sign up for the free Distractology 101 training, contact the Sturbridge Police Department at 508-347-2525 x318.
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