The Nebraska Safety Council’s new SIDNE go-cart made its public debut on October 21st when North Star High School students gathered to see for themselves how difficult it is to drive safely while impaired by alcohol or distracted by cell phones.

SIDNE was purchased by the Nebraska Safety Council thanks to a grant from State Farm.  SIDNE, which stands for Simulated Impaired Driving Experience, operates in two modes – normal driving and impaired driving. Student drivers will be asked to navigate the obstacle course with the go-cart in normal mode first, then in impaired mode.

The SIDNE demonstration was planned to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 16 – 22, 2011. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about the tragedy of teen vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for young people in the U.S., and is meant to spark communication among teenagers, parents, educators and civic leaders about the causes of and solutions to teen crashes.

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