Michigan State Police Community Service Officer Geno Basanese of the Wakefield MSP Post (center) does a test run with the driving simulator with (l-r) Isaiah Beck, Branden Betcher and Ryan Preiss. Trooper Basanese spent most of Friday March 11, 2021 guiding small groups of Ontonagon Area Schools students through the simulator’s programs that demonstrate the hazards of driving impaired or while being distracted.
The simulator was brought to the school as part of the seventh annual Strive 4 a Safer Drive public service campaign run by student volunteers of the OASD’s FM radio station, WOAS 88.5. The local PS campaign is called Don’t be Distracted and is funded by a $1000 grant from the State of Michigan and the Ford Motor Co. S4SD DbD wristbands were distributed to students who attended the demonstrations. Winners of the various contests used to raise the student’s awareness of the dangers of distracted driving will be announced in late March. More information about this year’s campaign can be found on the station’s website www.woas-fm.org .
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