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Antigo teens get a realistic look at the dangers of distracted driving
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Antigo teen-agers got a fabricated look at the effects of distracted driving this month with a hope that the lessons learned will be remembered in real life situations.

In a joint effort by Antigo High School, the Antigo Fire Department, the Wausau Police Department and a $500 grant secured by Sue McVey of Langlade Hospital through the North Central Regional Trauma Advisory Committee Association, local high-schoolers recently got a chance to operate a “distracted driving simulator.”

The event was held in conjunction with May being named National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“The program was held to show students the importance of putting their phones away and limiting distractions while driving,” John Krueger, a firefighter, paramedic and public education coordinator for the Antigo Fire Department said. “This is the only simulator of its kind in the state.”

With instruction provided by Public Safety Officer Maureen Pilsner of the Wausau Police Department, the simulator uses a vehicle donated by Yachts Body and Custom. It is retro-fitted with sensors in order that students are able to use the gas and brake pedals as well as the vehicle’s own steering wheel to simulate driving while wearing a set of virtual heads-up display goggles.

The students are then encouraged to use their cell phones and have other students in the car to distract them while they attempt to drive through simulated cities and rural countrysides without leaving their lane of traffic and driving the speed limit — all the while avoiding pedestrians and potential road hazards along with other traffic.

“Other students outside of the vehicle are able to watch what the driver sees on a large screen TV,” Krueger said.

After each turn, the student is presented with a list of all the mistakes made while driving, including accidents, pedestrians struck and other driving infractions.

At conclusion of the seminar, students are given a thumb ring to wear to remind them not to text while driving.


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Maureen Pilsner of the Wausau Police Department instructs Antigo High School students on the workings of a distracted driving simulator.
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