North Dartmouth, Massachusetts- UMD students will soon have the opportunity to experience the effects of driving an automobile while intoxicated without ever touching a drink. The ‘Save A Life’ Tour’s state-of-the art, interactive drunk driving simulator, will visit UMD’s Tripp Athletic Center on Friday, April 22 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Athletics Department, Health Services/Health Education, and the UMD Peer Health Educators.
The drunk driving simulator incorporates the same technology used to train military and law enforcement personnel. The simulator features a 225-degree field-of-vision screen for a "driver," as well as two large-screen monitors for spectators to experience the full impact of each simulation.
Simulator participants will have the opportunity to experience the effects of bad judgment and deteriorating driving skills due to alcohol consumption, while spectators watch the large screens that feature what the driver sees, the face of the driver, and a helicopter view of the driver's vehicle in traffic and an indicator level of the driver's impairment. Upon completion of the simulation, each driver receives a mock citation and recording of his or her Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) experience.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2003, 17,013 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes - an average of one almost every half-hour. Motor vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of death for young adults; approximately 40% of all deadly motor vehicle accidents involve alcohol.
For more information about the ‘Save A Life’ Tour at UMD, email Louise Goodrum, Associate Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth-Anne Vieira, Health Educator, at email@example.com
For more information about the 'Save A Life' Tour, go to www.savealifetour.net