by Rebecca Byers
A program against drinking and driving visited Pensacola State College Wednesday, March 20, and presented a simulation on driving under the influence in the student center on the Pensacola Campus.
The Save A Life Tour, a national tour with stops at high schools, college campuses, and military bases, showed a sober outlook on what it’s like to drive under the influence.
“Thousands of people die every year from it, and it’s a really big problem,” said Anthony Lawrence who works for the tour.
In the simulator people sat in a driver’s seat with three computer screens in front of them and drove through a computer-generated city.
They faced many obstacles such as snow or parked cars in the street, and as they drove along the computer told them their intoxication level increased.
Students either passed the simulation, landed a DUI, or crashed in a fatal collision.
Madysen Cecil knows the affects of drinking and driving. “I have had some of my friends die from drinking and driving,” said the PSC student.
“The simulation was quite interesting. It was horrible driving in snow in the simulator.”
At the presentation they also showed graphic videos of people who have been hit by a drunk driver or who were drinking and driving.
According to Lawrence, the videos were used as a shock factor.
“You go out to the bar and start drinking and everybody thinks they are invincible, but it can happen to anybody,” Lawrence said.
For more information on the Save A Life Tour visit www.savealifetour.com.