Since its launch in 2000, more than 6,400 county drivers in three-quarters of the state’s counties have used the simulator to enhance their ability to make life-saving, split-second decisions in often dangerous driving conditions. TAC’s simulator has logged more than 100,000 miles traveling across the state and training drivers at no cost to the counties.
“Studies have shown that driver-training programs effectively reduce risks while educating drivers on safe-driving measures,” Courtney said.
“Even professional drivers can slip into bad habits behind the wheel. The simulator training reinforces good driving habits that help improve employee safety and make them better prepared for the unexpected.”
PPSO Corporal David Carlyle said the simulator is a great, different way to train law enforcement for the dangers they face every day.
“We can always use more training, especially in our driving because that’s what’s killing law enforcement most these days: vehicles, not gunfire,” he said. “The better we can do in our vehicles, where we spend most of our day, the better it will be.”