The West Virginia ABC Administration brought their DUI simulator program to Independence High School on Wednesday.
Driver’s Education students had the opportunity to try the program, which is meant to mimic the effect that alcohol has on your driving.
Dan Pickens, the program coordinator for the DUI simulator, told 59News the risks of drunk driving are something that are best taught by letting kids virtually experience how difficult it actually is to drive while under the influence.
“It provides a hands-on approach to drinking and driving that’s different than a traditional textbook, video, or things of that nature,” Pickens explained
The simulation starts the driver out completely sober, but gradually increases their BAC level, causing their control over the vehicle to decline.
Aliegha Asbury is a Driver’s Edstudent at Independence that tried the simulation out this morning. She shared with us what the DUI simulator program helped teach her.
“I learned that I should never drink and drive because I could hurt myself and the passengers in my car” Asbury said. “While you’re driving, people say when they’re drunk, they’ve drank a few drinks, they say ‘oh, I’m not really impaired.’ But really, it was just at, like 0.6, and you could really tell.”
The West Virginia ABC Administration has been visiting different schools in the state all week and on Thursday, students at Pikeview High School will have their chance to try it out.