After losing sheriff and police officers to car collisions, Washoe County Sheriff Dennis Balaam decided his staff needed better training behind the wheel. A new $98,000 driving simulator, paid for mostly from seized property, is as close to real as you can get behind the wheel. Three large plasma screens immerse the trainee in a virtual environment similar to what they'll face in real life. The Sheriff found himself being broadsided while in pursuit of a virtual crook. It seems like a logical piece of equipment for those that have to drive our roads faster than everyone else. And since $50 video games these days seem so realistic imagine what $100,000 can do.
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