Game provides important distracted driving lesson for Iowa residents
New game promoting dangers of texting while driving provides support for Iowa's push to increase awareness of the tragic auto accidents that can result from distracted driving.
October 16, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Game provides important distracted driving lesson for Iowa residents
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With the recent release of Grand Theft Auto V and Forza Motorsport 4, it seems every option available in the racing world would already be available in the gaming industry. Yet, Popular Mechanics recently reported on a video game that explores a new realm of video game racing: texting.
The game, SMS Racing, is not known for its stellar graphics. Instead, it is causing a buzz in the gaming world because it requires players to text and drive. The game was developed by Holden Link during a rapid video game development competition. Although the texting and driving concept is not new in the real world, it remains a fairly novel idea in the gaming industry.
While playing the game, the user's racer will receive a text. The user must then respond to the text within ten seconds. If this is not done, the gaming narrator states the user is being "rude" and invalidates the player's lap time. The ultimate goal of the game is to educate players on the dangers of texting and driving. After taking a moment to look down and send a simple "lol" or "omg" text, players often return their attention to the track only to find themselves in an auto accident after they careen "into the welcoming arms of the closest barrier." The Popular Mechanics analyst when on to note that although the game provides an enjoyable form of entertainment, it also sends home a valuable lesson: texting and driving is a "truly terrible idea."
Texting and driving in Iowa
Legislators in Iowa agree with the Popular Mechanics analyst.
According to The Iowa Department of Transportation, it is illegal to text while driving in the state. In an effort to increase public awareness of the dangers associated with texting while driving, the agency is running a "Curb it - Click it" campaign. AT&T, Iowa's Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Transportation are just a few of the organizations partnering with Iowa's DOT in this campaign. Not only can violation of this law lead to monetary penalties in the form of a ticket and court costs, but driver's can see a spike in their auto insurance costs as well.
Remedies available if injured in a texting while driving accident
Unfortunately, even with these efforts many driver's still choose to text while operating their vehicles.
If you were injured in a car crash and suspect that the driver was distracted at the time of the accident, compensation may be available to help pay medical bills and cover lost wages. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer to discuss your injuries and better ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
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