Drunk Driving Simulator Comes to Georgia College

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Students at Georgia College got a first-hand look at what it's like to drive drunk.

But they did it from the safe seat of a simulator. 

 The national "Save A Life Tour" came to the Milledgeville campus Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Second-year sociology student Hannah Baumgarten said it was scary, adding she "thinks it's important for people to see that you shouldn't drink and drive..." 

"Save A Life" is a high impact drinking and driving awareness program. It has been to all 50 states and 7 countries. 

Tour manager Andrew Tipton says the simulator works by delaying the reaction of the breaks and steering wheel.  

It starts off with the reaction times of a sober driver then becomes more and more delayed as the levels of intoxication increase.

At 20 years old, Chad Cox isn't quite old enough to drink legally but said the simulator was a sobering reminder of the dangerous affects of drinking and driving. 

"Once he started adding on the drunk driving simulation it got much harder to steer and stuff, so I was even worse than when I was sober," Cox said. 

Baumgarten said this demonstration was more than enough to keep her from getting behind the wheel intoxicated.

"You definitely need to find some way home because I would never want to be in a situation like that where I feel out of control and can't get away from the other cars." 

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