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Discussion on distracted driving to promote safer practices on the road

The National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa Research Park is used to gather information on the impact of different types of driving impairment.

It's too soon to tell if the recent law against texting while driving in Iowa will reduce the number of distracted driving collisions on the road.

However, researchers at the University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator are hoping to share the psychology behind distracted driving on the road.

Research Scientist John Gaspar said all it takes is two seconds to impair a driver's safety. For now, the number of accidents from distracted driving remains relatively stable at about 10 percent of all car crashes. Although, the potential for driver distraction could increase as vehicle technology becomes more complex.

Gaspar will be presenting his research to the public to determine the impact of driver behavior with new technology installed in cars. He will also discuss what technology can aid distracted drivers from events like sudden collision.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library and is open to the public.

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