Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Officials Award Funding for National Corvette Museum
$198,000 awarded for educational driving simulator theater
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Visitors to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green – including younger teens eager to begin driving – soon can get behind a wheel without getting on the road.
Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented funding for a driving simulator theater at the Corvette museum. The simulator is designed to be fun but with a serious purpose: The “driver” and those watching get a realistic driving experience in which they learn the hazards of the highway.
“This is another tool to improve highway safety,” said Governor Fletcher, who with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials presented a ceremonial check for $198,000 to citizens of Warren County.
“It is an innovative and safe way to experience the dangers of driving. The project targets young drivers who have the highest accident and fatality rates. The simulated driving experience will better prepare our younger drivers for actual driving conditions,” Governor Fletcher said.
Funding for the simulator theater is from the federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) program, which provides money for an array of nontraditional transportation projects.
The simulator uses real car components and high-quality graphics. Realistic driving scenarios are played out on simulated highways in urban and rural settings and different weather conditions. The “driver” feels tension on the steering wheel, feels the car react to road surface and hears highway and vehicle sounds. The simulated experience will include a variety of driving tasks and take young drivers through some of the most common factors in highway crashes.
“Bowling Green is the home of the Corvette and it is my hope that this will encourage young people to pay even more attention to the message,” said Rep. Jim DeCesare (R-Bowling Green). "Young people have the highest percentage of accidents, and many of these accidents are preventable by not drinking and driving, and by driving cautiously. This is a wonderful opportunity to impact young drivers. Governor Fletcher is to be commended for his leadership.”
“I want to thank Governor Fletcher and Secretary Nighbert for supporting this important project in Warren County,” said Sen. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green). “With 140,000 visitors annually to the National Corvette Museum, this project will have a tremendous impact on the awareness and skill of the young driving population.”
“TE funds provide us with the opportunity to undertake innovative and nontraditional transportation-related projects,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “This simulator will help us educate young drivers about the enormous responsibility they have to be safe drivers every time they get behind the wheel of a car.”
Information on the TE program is available at http://www.tea21.ky.gov.