College & Community Relations

Driving simulator set to make a stop at Aims

Submitted on: 03-08-2005

College looks for ways to reduce traffic fatalities in county Last year 86 people died in traffic accidents in Weld County. That figure is nearly 60 percent higher than the 2003 statistic, setting a dubious record for the county. Of course a surge in population has put more people on the road, but what number of deaths is an acceptable one? “Zero,” says Dick Wood, director of Aims Continuing Education division. “Last year in Weld County an increasing number of traffic fatalities occurred because of bad drivers,” Wood said. “At Aims, we believe that education, as much as anything else, can help decrease the number of accidents that occur.” To that end, Aims is bringing a driving simulator to the Aims Corporate Education Center (5590 W. 11th Street, Greeley) on Thursday, March 10. Community leaders have been invited to attend an information session starting at 10 a.m. followed by the opportunity to test the simulator. “We’re hoping for some support from the community to bring a simulator to Aims permanently to enhance and expand our current Driver’s Education program,” Wood said. The cost of one PatrolSimIII Driver Training Simulator is in the $100,000 to $125,000 range. The state-of-the-art simulator, built by MPRI Ship Analytics, uses plasma screen technology with a fully functional dashboard to provide a safe environment for drivers to experience dangerous situations such as icy, rainy and foggy conditions, mechanical failures, even what it’s like to drive under the influence. “There has been a lot of discussion in the community as to how we can reduce the number of deaths on our roads,” Wood said. “Bringing a simulator into the community is a tangible step towards improvement.” If community support is sufficient, the simulator could also be used to train the community’s emergency services professionals, many of who are former or current students at Aims’ Police and Fire academies and EMT and EMS programs. For more information about the simulator contact Dick Wood at (970) 339-6222. Visit Ship Analytics\' Web site for more information and images of the simulator at Aims Community College is an EEO/AA Employer Aims Community College is one of the largest and most comprehensive two-year colleges in Colorado. Founded in 1967 in Greeley, Aims has since established additional campuses in Fort Lupton, Loveland and Fort Collins. Curriculum now includes 2,000 day, evening and weekend courses for 14,000 students annually.

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