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Chesapeake College to host DUI awareness event

’Save a Life Tour’ includes DUI simulator, stark realities of effects of drunk driving

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011

WYE MILLS – There will be no punches pulled by the Save a Life Tour when it visits Chesapeake College on November 16th.

The casket – with a "Reserved for the next drinking-and-driving victim" sign – is the first signal of the stark realities of driving under the influence. Actual video of the effects of DUI – at accident scenes, in emergency rooms, in morgues – along with graphic posters and other thought-provoking exhibits drive home the point of the potential consequences of driving under the influence.

And it’s just the message Chesapeake College wants to get across to its students.

"The effects of drinking and driving can be horrific," said Dr. Barbara A. Viniar, Chesapeake College’s president. "I think the Save a Life Tour is going to be an eye-opening experience for the students and members of the general public who attend."

The event, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Todd Performing Arts Center theater, features a DUI simulator. The simulator’s computer changes the intoxication level for a realistic driving experience. Multiple screens offer up to a 180-degree field of view, gradually increasing the driver’s "drink" amount and decreasing the responsiveness of the controls, which accurately simulate the effect of alcohol on the human coordination system.

"I think our students are going to find the DUI simulator to be an interesting experience," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Chesapeake’s vice president for student success. "That will probably be the draw that attracts students, but I think they will find the entire experience rewarding."

While the simulators and displays will be available throughout the six-hour event, a formal program with a Save a Life Tour presenter will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend the tour.

"We would like as many people as possible to participate in this program," said Dr. Midcap. "It really does have the potential to save a life."

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