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RIDOT, RIDMV Use Custom Go-Carts to Teach Teens About the Dangers of Texting While Driving

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles (RIDMV) will kick off National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26, 2013) on Monday with a go-cart demonstration at Cranston High School East. The Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience, or SIDNE®, go-cart is a battery-powered vehicle that simulates the effects of distraction on a motorist's driving skills.

Following a brief speaking program, students will take turns driving the go-carts while attempting to text. The SIDNE® go-cart is part of a comprehensive drivers' education program that will be rolled out at Cranston East by the Cranston Police Department later this year. The Department, through funding from RIDOT, purchased the program as an interactive way to teach teens about the dangers associated with distracted driving.


Monday, October 21, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.**


Cranston High School East, 899 Park Avenue, Cranston


RIDMV Administrator Anthony Silva

RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung

Cranston Public Schools Superintendent Judith Lundsten, Ed.D.

State Traffic Engineer Robert Rocchio

Cranston Police Chief Colonel Marco Palombo, Jr.

Cranston School Resource Officer Matt Davis

** The SIDNE® go-cart will be available for use by the media after 2 p.m.

For more information, visit or RIDOT's Facebook page at

Contact: Rose Amoros (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450

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  • Release date: 10-18-2013

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