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U crowdsources distracted drivers at the State Fair

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Driven to Discover building at the Minnesota State Fair are trying to bring in thousands of fairgoers to be part of several crowd-sourced research projects -- and one topic in particular has tragically taken many lives on the road.

Researchers are pulling subjects to be part of a distracted driving simulator, and they have a fairly diverse sample with 1.7 million people of different ages, hometowns and socioeconomic backgrounds.

In the simulator, fairgoers discover how difficult it is to multitask behind the wheel and respond to a series of text message questions while attempting to safely navigate the road ahead for 15 to 20 minutes.

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