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A woman uses a distracted-driving simulator created by University of Minnesota Duluth professor Dr. Edward Downs using PlayStation 3. Downs used the simulator to test the attitudes of about 100 college students toward distracted driving. (Photo by Dr. Edward Downs)

UMD professor uses video game to prevent distracted driving

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A University of Minnesota Duluth professor is hoping to keep people from using their phones behind the wheel by putting them in front of a video game.

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Dr. Edward Downs turned a PlayStation 3 into a distracted-driving simulator. He used it in an experiment, which tested the attitude of about 100 college students towards distracted driving.

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