On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, East Georgia State College students had the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson. A car was set up in the Jean Anderson Morgan Student Activities Center and students were able to use the Aware 3 Drinking and Driving Simulation System to experience the consequences of driving drunk.
The simulator emulates real road driving conditions and facilitates training and assessment of drivers in an actual vehicle. It is designed to realistically show students the dangers of drinking and driving. During the simulation, students are inside a real car while wearing virtual reality goggles. Inside this Head-Mounted Display, the computer generated scenery reacts to data from the vehicle’s wheels and pedals to provide an interactive experience recreating various driving conditions. Also presented was an impact video, which shows students the lives of students who have chosen to drink and drive from their entry into the emergency room to years down the road, explaining all of the after-effects of their accidents caused by alcohol.
This event at EGSC was sponsored by the No Drinking and Driving Grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and EGSC’s Office of Student Life.