Students participated in a driving simulation Feb. 16 that gave them a chance to experience drunk driving from a sober perspective.
Brian Beldyga and Nathan Vanderloeg, of Edu-tainment from Grand Rapids, Mich., instructed the students on how the simulation works. The simulation shows students from a sober prospective how alcohol affects reaction times and motor skills. Students learn how alcohol can make someone develop tunnel vision and become one-track minded.
Beldyga and Vanderloeg use computers, dashes of vehicles, plasma televisions and standard equipment found in a car to convey the message about drunk driving.
"It consists of
hit and miss situation,"
Beldyga said. "Some people do not want to
listen. We use accurate information to tell them one
thing that they have heard about drinking and driving
and the participants get to see it simulated."
"We are here to give them a chance to see from a sober point of view. Be that person; always be there for your friends and always take the keys," he said.
Amanda Haught, a senior English and
history double major from McGehee, drove the
"I was trying to be cautious and in the process, I missed important details around me," she said. "I wouldn't drink and drive, because it is wrong. After going through the simulation, I realize how dangerous it can be to drink and drive."
For more information, call 1-888-655-7263 or check out the Save-A-Life Tour Web site at www.SAVEALIFETOUR.com.
ŠThe Voice 2006
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