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Test how distracted you get when you text while driving

To help people on campus be safer drivers, UCLA is hosting ‘Be Alert Bruins Day’

Texting and driving
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Not just against the law, also dangerous.

To help people on campus be safer drivers, UCLA will be hosting a driving simulator that allows people to experience how the distraction of texting while driving can have dangerous consequences.

UCLA Transportation, UCPD and UCLA Insurance and Risk Management are partnering with Allstate Insurance to sponsor “Be Alert Bruins Day” on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wilson Plaza.

To turn a fully functioning vehicle into a stationary simulator, a 65-inch curved TV has been positioned in front of the windshield. The battery has been disabled, sensors have been attached to the steering wheel, brake and gas pedals, and the front wheels have been placed on sensors to provide a sense of what it is like to drive distracted.

After participants exit the simulator they will be asked to complete a brief survey to gauge their knowledge and experience about texting and distracted driving.

To capture each driver’s distractedness, two 55-inch TVs will display the passenger’s view of the simulation taking place. People will be able to watch participants text and drive.

A three-sided kiosk with 24-inch touchscreen monitors and mounted high-definition cameras will display an interactive map of North America that allows people to click on each state to view statistics related to distracted driving and texting laws in that area.

In addition to the simulator, there will be booths educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving behind the wheel and how to avoid them.

Faculty, staff and students are all invited to attend. For more information.

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