Wausau East High School students experience distracted driving simulator

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)– Students at Wausau East High School had the opportunity to experience a distracted driving simulator on Tuesday.

This was made possible through the PEERS Foundation which is a nationwide health and wellness foundation that along with State Farm are visiting schools across the country bring along the Augmented Reality Distracted Driving Education Simulator(ARDDES).

The simulator features eye-tracking software which shows students how long they take their eyes off the road while using their phones.

“For adults, for kids – I think everyone needs that reminder that – to drive distracted is really dangerous. Not only for yourself but for the people around you,” said Jessica Truax who is a health and physical education teacher at the school.

The head-mounted augmented reality display presents the students with realistic scenarios.