09/16/2009


WVU students to learn what DUI feels like

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University students may hang out in front of the WVU Mountainlair to kill time or socialize. Thursday (Sept. 17), they can experience the sensation of being a drunken driver.

At 9:30 a.m., students will be able to participate in a driving-under-the-influence (DUI) simulator event. They’ll be able to try out a system that includes a steering wheel and large video screen that can simulate driving through heavy traffic, fog or even snow while impaired.

The simulator allows users to experience first-hand how alcohol affects ability to control a vehicle and highlights the dangers.

In 2007, 12,998 Americans were killed in alcohol-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Those deaths accounted for 32 percent of the total traffic fatalities in the United States,” said Ruth Kershner, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine.

The event – sponsored by the WVU Department of Community Medicine, the Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Association and State Farm Insurance agent Parker Hall – is free and open to the public.

Students of the Community Medicine Department will be volunteering to work the event.

For information on the Pennsylvania DUI Association see http://www.padui.org/.

For information on the Department of Community Medicine see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/.

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For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
brunaisa@wvuh.com
AB: 09-14-09

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