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New Rockland Sheriff Device Demonstrates Dangers Of Texting, Driving

A device that simulates texting while driving.
A device that simulates texting while driving. Photo Credit: Rockland County Sheriff's Office

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. --  Texting and driving have become such a hazard, especially for teens, the Rockland County Traffic Safety Board will host a demonstration for residents on Friday of a new simulation machine that will be used at every high school in the near future.

The event, at 10 a.m.at the Legislative Chambers located at the County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road New City, will offer parents and others a first-hand view on how difficult it is to text while driving as the machine mimics the experience.

The funding for the machine came from three sources including the Rockland County Sheriff Office's through an asset forfeiture account, the Rockland County Legislature, and the Traffic Safety Board (TSB) through a three-year fundraising effort.

The TSB noted that they would like to acknowledge the Keiser family for their generous donation that helped make the purchase possible.

“Public safety is paramount," said Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco. "If even one student decides not to text and drive after using this machine, then it is all worth it.”

The TSB plans to continue fundraising to purchase additional devices so that more students throughout the area will have a chance to use one of the machines. Donations can be made to the Traffic Safety Foundation, 455 Route 304, Bardonia, NY 10954 or by calling (845) 638-6008.

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