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June 11, 2018

Teen Drunk Driving Deterrents – Be Careful of the Message!

Let's talk about convincing younger drivers not to drink and drive. There are two common industry practices that are well intended but genuinely bad ideas.

First, some simulation systems on the market today feature the ability to set up the simulator to mimic various levels of blood alcohol level (BAC) impairment. If you put a teen on that simulator with that lesson,  the challenge to them becomes, "Oh, so this simulator is going to show me how much I CAN drink and still drive". With the actual answer always being ZERO,  why would a simulator imply that .04 is OK?  This is a TERRIBLE idea!  It is OK to show impairment (delayed wheel input response) to teach more challenging handling but it is the consequence of what happens when you drive drunk that it the key message. When they realize they will hurt people, hurt themselves, go to jail, spend money, etc. then THAT makes them more likely to say "no" to impaired driving. The second common approach is the "drunk goggles in a golf cart" event day.  Again, a well-intended event most often held by our finest law enforcement groups. But honestly, simply putting on drunk goggles that blur your vision and then hit cones in a golf cart has got to be about the most FUN a kid can have. The message law enforcement wants to pass on is the serious nature of drunk driving but what the kids experience and remember is the sheer joy of ripping through a parking lot partially blind hitting orange cones. How is that a deterrent? I'd never criticize anyone for trying to keep our roads and our families safe through events and products but being mindful of looking at the event through the eyes of the teen drivers gives clarity to what they will take away from the experience.       By Bob Davis, CEO & President VDI
February 3, 2018

Maria Tiberi Foundation Teaches Teens to Keep their Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel and Minds on Driving

"We as parents and grandparents should be outraged that the number one killer of our kids age 8 to 24 is car crashes…it is so preventable.  Education is the key and we must change teen driving behaviors and habits.  Distracted driving is an epidemic in our country.  I believe the use of simulators is a great educational tool,” said Mr. Tiberi.
Back in 2013, Dom & Terri Tiberi founded the Maria Tiberi Foundation in memory of their daughter, Maria, who was killed tragically in an automobile maria tiberi foundationaccident when she collided at 53 mph into the back of a semi truck.  Since Maria had only three years of driving experience, the Tiberi’s are devoted to ensuring no one else has to endure the tragic loss of a loved one due to inexperience or lack of appropriate driver education. Dom, central Ohio TV sports anchor, developed the “Maria’s Message” presentation to create a new generation of Maria Tiberi_5.1.17defensive, not distracted, drivers.  He has delivered this presentation to 83 high school audiences reaching more than 60,000 young people to date.  Additionally, the foundation is providing distracted driving simulators so young people can experience the devastating consequences first hand.  Over 90% of the money raised by the foundation is allocated specifically to purchasing driving simulators and placing them with police departments and school districts who will utilize them in their distracted driving outreach programs. To that end, the foundation has already donated 42 Virtual Driver Interactive simulators throughout Ohio to reach as many teens as possible including the Ohio Department of Transportation, local police departments, sheriff’s offices, school districts and hospitals.
“We want people to realize through these simulators what bad can happen and learn it in a safe environment. Don’t learn it on the highway,” Dom said. “We want to change habits.”
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March 14, 2015

Toyota and Ohio DOT among customers

May_2012 - Toyota and Ohio DOT among customers of VDI's One Simple Decision - simulation program where participants "live through" the consequences of distracted or impaired driving.  Customers across the nation demonstrate commitment to safety by implementing OSD into various educational programs.
July 17, 2014

Winchester Medical Center

Winchester Medical Center uses VDI's "One Simple Decision" program to educate the community on the dangers of distracted driving.
July 17, 2014

Lee Memorial Trauma Center

Lee Memorial Trauma Center and Injury Prevention Coalition purchase VDI's 'One Simple Decision' to teach communities the devastating impact of driving distracted or impaired.
July 8, 2014
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic demonstrates the power of VDI's One Simple Decision to prevent injuries throughout the communities of Minnesota by showing the devastating consequences of distracted and impaired driving.
June 12, 2014

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports covers Virtual Driver Interactive's exhibition at the Lifesavers 2013 Conference and how "One Simple Decision" is a better way to engage teens and change destructive driving behaviors. Click here for the story.
June 12, 2014
CNN features Virtual Driver Interactive twice!


CNN features Virtual Driver Interactive twice!
  • CNN interviews Bob Davis, President & CEO of Virtual Driver Interactive, on 1/15/13 highlighting the One Simple Decision product.  Click here for video
  • CNN features Virtual Driver Interactive simulators:  Virtual Tragedies Get Teens' Attention Behind the Wheel." full story or watch video
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