Simulator allows students to experience the effects of ‘driving drunk’

P.E.E.R.S., a National Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, is scheduled to be at Coastal Bend College, located in Beeville, on March 6. The college will be hosting an Alcohol Awareness event.

Along with general information regarding drug and alcohol abuse, P.E.E.R.S. will introduce students to a simulator. It is an actual vehicle that will take the students into a virtual world where they can see, feel and experience the dangers of drinking and driving. Students will see not only the outward dangers of these factors, but the after effects of drinking and driving incidences.

This simulator allows students to drive sober and then “intoxicated,” based on gender, body type and drinks per hour. Upon completion of the intoxicated drive, students will be able to view results on how well or poorly they drove under the influence.

Facilitators will also bring high-impact video presentations. The goal is to stop drinking and driving, underage drinking, and drug use across the nation — one college at a time.

For more information on the simulator, visit the website for P.E.E.R.S. at www.peerawareness.com.

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