State Farm grant to fund impaired driving simulator for Injury Prevention Resources

DJ Sweet, left, received a $10,000 check from State Farm agent Leslie Calkins in Lander on Monday.

(Lander) — State Farm Agent Leslie Calkins in Lander Monday presented a $10,000 check to Injury Prevention Resources to help fund an impared driving simulator.

“The $10,000 will purchase this incredible simulator which will allow us to demonstrate distracted and impaired driving, said DJ Sweet, director of Injury Prevention Resources.  “This piece of equipment, along with our impairment (drunk) goggles, and a few impairment/distracted games we have, are all a part of a Distracted/Impaired Driving Program,” Sweet said.  “We hope to establish this program throughout the county’s high schools within the next two years.”

Statistics show that a teenager dies at a rate of one every 15 minutes on roadways in the United States.  “Distracted driving is a major cause. Texting and cell phone use is becoming a much larger problem and most people do not realize just how dangerous those two things are when driving,” Calkins said. “State Farm has made Distracted/Impaired Driving among teens one of their number one priorities and we are happy to partner with them in this important cause which will save lives.”