DUI Simulator Launches Statewide Tour
Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) will unveil the new DUI Simulator and launch its statewide tour at West Virginia University (WVU) on Thursday, September 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A press conference will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the WVU Mountainlair Student Union. Sponsors, State Farm® and the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (WVGHSP), will attend the press conference. Also attending will be members of the WVU Division of Student Affairs, WELLWVU and the WVU Athletic Department
The DUI Simulator program allows students to experience the effects of drunk driving under various driving conditions while safely operating a computer-generated driving simulation system. The DUI Simulator mimics the difficulties drivers will encounter at different blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. This virtual interaction serves as a valuable tool to help WVABCA combat underage drinking, drinking and driving, and distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, 90 of the 337 traffic related fatalities in West Virginia involved a BAC of .08 or higher. The DUI Simulator program places an emphasis on encouraging younger generations and the public to make good decisions while behind the wheel.