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Distracted driving simulator heads to Fall River

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Dee DeQuattro

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A distracted driving simulator is coming to Fall River during the week of Nov. 18-22.

The simulator is part of the Distractology 101 tour is an interactive program developed by Arbella Insurance Foundation to show new drivers the dangerous of distracted driving, including texting behind the wheel.

As part of the campaign a 36-foot-long neon-yellow mobile classroom with high-tech driving simulators

The simulator will be available to Fall River teenagers at the Hadley Insuit Group starting Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. Trainings in the simulator will continue through Friday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m.

"Distracted driving is a widespread epidemic among young drivers that continues to worsen, particularly as mobile devices become more prevalent, more advanced and more addictive," said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group, and chairman and president of the Arbella Insurance Foundation. "According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 800,000 drivers are using a hand-held cell phone at any given moment but only 57% recognize it as a serious threat to their safety. This lack of awareness and understanding is quite startling. It is our hope that Distractology 101 will continue to tackle this naivety head on and force drivers to once and for all break their mobile phone addiction while on the road."

To date nearly 4,000 teen drivers have experienced the simulator and 92% say the experience was effective.

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