“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” A large sign bearing those words greeted students in the Great Room of the Gordon Student Center December 3rd. The sign was part of a drunk driving simulator set up for students to use so they could see first-hand the dangers of operating a vehicle while impaired.
Each simulator included a steering wheel, foot pedals, and a large monitor which positioned student motorists on a two-lane road with oncoming traffic. The simulators were altered to mimick driving conditions for a person with a blood alcohol content level of .10. Response times were slowed making it a struggle to keep the vehicle in the proper driving lane or able to stop in a timely fashion. When students finished driving they received citations listing the laws they would have broken were they actually on the road.
Student Tom Albring (Jordan-Elbridge) tried the simulator and was surprised by the results. “It felt like I had less control. I’m definitely not going to drink and drive.” Student Chris Richards (Skaneateles) had a similar experience. “I noticed I could get in an accident a lot easier. There is no way I’m going to drink and drive.”