Last week, I told you about the Save a Life Tour, a program our law firm sponsored at Greensburg Salem High School. On Friday, April 13, a few of our staff members attended the event and they said it was a huge success and seemed to make an impression on the students.
The program opened with a video featuring actual DUI scenes and emergency room footage. Andrew Tipton, an instructor with the tour, says that the graphic movie is necessary to show the gruesome reality of accidents caused by driving under the influence.
After the presentation, students sat in a multimillion dollar simulator that allowed them to experience drunk driving from a first-hand, sober perspective. Kyle Britt, a 17-year-old junior, says he was confident in his ability to drive the simulator perfectly. Once behind the wheel, though, it wasn't long before he lost control during a turn and "fatally" crashed into a building. Kyle says the experience "makes an impact."
Kyle is certainly not alone. Sophomore Colton Hearn says it "makes me not want to drink and drive." Hannah Gabriel, who is president of the school's Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter says, "It was interesting to see how it feels to be a drunk driver and how dangerous it can be."
I hope this simulated experience in the safety of a school auditorium prevents these teens from going through the tragedy of a real life drunk driving accident. You can learn more about the Save a Life Tour here:
DUI Simulator Opens Young Drivers' Eyes at Greensburg Salem - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Students to 'Drive' in DUI Situation - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Save a Life Tour (video) - WPXI-TV
And here's video from WTAE-TV of the simulator in action: