DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --- Iowa officials are trying to increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

The state Department of Public Safety says insurance company State Farm will present the Iowa State Patrol a $25,000 grant today. The money will be used to buy three distracted driving simulators to teach young drivers about the dangers of the practice.

A patrol spokesman says demonstrations and more education will decrease fatalities among young drivers.

The simulators will be used on various groups, including schools, civic organizations, churches and businesses.

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I am on full support in increasing the awareness about the danger of distracted driving. We all know that distracted driving related mishaps are on the rise thanks to the contribution of modern day technologies and gadgets. Cellphone features like texting, chatting, voice calls, etc. constantly keep the driver distracted as a result of which the risks while driving shoots up by a greater percentage. Even though some car manufacturers have included certain technologies for the safety of the driver, but people continue to ignore the safety instruction and have their way leading to irreversible consequences.

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