DUI simulator teaches Lewis County students dangers of drinking & driving

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Students in Lewis County were provided with a unique opportunity to learn about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration brought a DUI simulator to Lewis County High School to provide students with a hands-on experience on the effects drinking can have on driving. Every student in the driver’s education program will get a chance to get behind the wheel of the simulator over the next two days.

The system’s computer increases the blood alcohol content (BAC) level as the student drives.The vehicle then becomes more difficult to handle, which simulates what it’s like to drive while intoxicated.

“It’s hands-on, so it’s something different than they can get in the classroom. You can’t really get a hands-on [experience] with a video, or a lecture, or a text book so this actually gives them something they can feel and be part of and makes it a lot easier to understand,” said Dan Pickens, the DUI Simulator Coordinator.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, State Farm and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association sponsor the program.

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