At our law firm we've seen the damage done by drinking and driving. It's much more than just DUIs or a totaled car – it ruins lives, oftentimes ending them. This is the type of damage that can't be fixed, and what makes it even more heartbreaking is the young age of many of those involved in the accidents. Though we do everything we can to help the victims of drunk driving accidents, we feel it's our responsibility to try and stop them from happening in the first place. That's why our firm is proud to sponsor the Save A Life Tour with the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission. It's happening this Friday at Greensburg Salem High School. Read more about the event.
Schools, parents, and all sorts of groups across the nation have tried just about everything to talk to students about the dangers of drunk driving. I think that the Save A Life Tour is something they've probably never seen before.
Using a first-of-its-kind, multi-million dollar, DUI simulator, students will get a realistic look at the impaired judgment and delayed reaction time that alcohol causes. It's the same kind used to train pilots, generals and personnel in the Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Army. The simulator reacts to each student's size and weight differently and maneuvers like a drunk driver over 80 miles of roadways, including changing weather conditions. Once the students are finished, they receive citations that highlight the mistakes and violations they made from impaired driving, and an empty casket sits close by to show what the real end result could be.
The assembly also includes graphic, realistic videos of actual DUI accidents and emergency room scenes with bleeding, broken bones, screaming, and shattered glass. Greensburg Salem Principal David Zilli says, "We did low-impact drunk driving presentations, and we saw no difference. We think the Edgar Snyder Save A Life Tour will strike an emotional chord with students and trigger a visual image that they will never forget. I hope this event will prevent more tragedies. I can't go through the pain again of losing more students to drunk driving accidents."
I have the same hope – that after this presentation, students will think twice before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, even after one drink.