Kern County Raceway, Allstate Insurance partner to fight distracted driving

Distracted driving killed 11 in 2013, the CHP says

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Distracted Driving continues to be a major problem on Kern County roads.

In 2013, the California Highway Patrol repots that 11 people died and 400 others were injured in the Central Valley. That's why on Saturday, July 12, the Kern County Raceway and Allstate Insurance are partnering to help fight distracted driving habits by allowing people to ride a "distracted driving" simulator  and pledge to "x the text."

The simulator allows people to get a real look at the dangers of texting, talking on the phone and navigating a GPS system while behind the wheel.

Some studies suggest that texting and driving can delay your reaction time just as much as having the blood alcohol level of a drunk driver. 

If you're coming down to the Kern County Raceway this weekend, the simulator rides are being offered before the races start. The Kern County Raceway is located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard. Tickets are $8. 

Officials would like to remind residents that if you do get caught behind the wheel while on your phone, you could be fined up to $161.  

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