Tome race funds new driving simulator at Spring Grove Area High School

Dody Tome, Officer Todd Wise (in driver’s seat), and David Bloemsma from Simulator Systems International participate in a demonstration of a new driving simulator at Spring Grove Area High School. (Photo submitted by Spring Grove Area School District)

The Spring Grove Area Educational Fund donated a driving simulator to the high school for use in drivers’ education classes, according to a news release.

“The simulator provides a realistic experience for students who are learning how to handle a vehicle and is a much safer alternative to the typical ‘driver training’ vehicle,” the release says. It has three screens that give the student an “almost lifelike” perspective on driving scenarios that can include busy city traffic, driving at night, or in adverse weather, for example.

The high school usually has about 60-70 students enrolled in drivers’ education each semester, and teacher Jamie Tyson said they get about two hours of class time each week, according to the release.

Money for the simulator was raised through the annual Officer David Tome Memorial 5K,  held in memory of a Spring Grove alum who was killed by a distracted driver while on duty with the Northern Regional York County Police Department in 2007, the release says.

In its fifth year, the race has raised more than $50,000 aimed at driver safety education in the high school.

About Angie Mason

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