Simulating Danger

Students Tom Albring (near) and Chris Richards (far) test the drunk driving simulator in the Gordon Great Room.

Students Tom Albring (near) and Chris Richards (far) test the drunk driving simulator in the Gordon Great Room.

“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.”

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