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CSEP debuts new driving simulator

OSU-OKC debuts new impaired driving simulator

SIDNE vehicle incorporated as part of Alive@25 driving program

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 3, 2019) – Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City has a new tool at its disposal for educating motorists about the dangers of impaired or distracted driving.

The school’s Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness (CSEP) recently debuted its new Simulated Impaired Driving Experience – or SIDNE – for participants in its Alive@25 program.

The simulator, which resembles a go-kart, was purchased with funds made available by a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance Co.

Participants buckle into the SIDNE vehicle and drive laps around the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) driving course while an instructor uses a transmitting device to induce swerves that simulate a lack of control.

“Many drivers – young and old – may not realize how easy it can be to lose control of your vehicle while you are distracted or impaired,” said Bill Hughes, interim CSEP director. “We appreciate the State Farm grant as it enabled us to add this valuable tool to our driver safety programs.”

OSU-OKC’s Alive@25 program is targeted to teen and young-adult drivers and includes both classroom and hands-on lessons. It is one of several driving courses offered on campus through CSEP.

For more information on OSU-OKC’s driving safety programs or to sign up for a class session, go to www.osuokc.edu/csep.

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For media inquiries:

Nick Trougakos, OSU-OKC – nick.trougakos@osuokc.edu – (405) 945-9196

About Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) is part of the modern land-grant system of Oklahoma State University. OSU-OKC is a two-year public institution, offering more than 40 degrees and certificate options. Through quality education, a supportive environment, leadership training and service opportunities, OSU-OKC trains students to work and educates them to lead. OSU-OKC graduates are found throughout the community serving as police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, healthcare professionals and business owners. More information is available at www.osuokc.edu.