Senator Ball Test Drives Simulators Designed to Save Teen Lives
Mahopac, N.Y. – (09/28/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) today visited Mahopac High School to test drive four newly donated driving simulators. The state-of-the-art machines were donated to the school by The Justin Scott Wagner Memorial Foundation, created by Scott Wagner following the loss of his son in a 2007 car accident.
The simulators will be integrated into Mahopac’s driver’s education program to help students learn to drive safely. Wagner said, “Lately we have seen so many car-related fatalities in the area. These driving simulators are almost identical to real driving, and integrating them into the driver’s education program will give young and inexperienced drivers a chance to get behind the wheel before getting out on the open roads.”
Senator Ball said, “Putnam County is beautiful area to raise a family. But many of these country roads are winding and can be dangerous for young, inexperienced drivers. This program allows teens who’re learning to drive to practice before they’re behind the wheel of a two-thousand pound weapon. I believe this program needs to be spread across the entire Hudson Valley.”
Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt, who was also essential in getting this program off the ground said, “When Scott reached out to me I was very excited to bring this program to Mahopac. This is something that will really help our students with safe driving and making the right decisions behind the wheel.”
The Justin Scott Wagner Memorial Foundation is holding a fundraiser to pay for the driving simulators on October 15th at the Mahopac Golf Club. To attend this event or to donate please visit:www.jswmemorialfund.com
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.