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Thursday, October 22, 2015

PennDOT and Safety Partners Highlight National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

Montoursville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and members of the Driver Safety Task Force today met at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to highlight the dangers of impaired driving during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

Students were given the opportunity to drive PennDOT’s distracted and impaired driving simulator. The experience consists of a practice drive, distracted or impaired simulation drives, first-person consequence videos including sobriety checks, court appearances and emergency medical treatment, interactive quizzes; and advice from the experts known as the Reality Check videos.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states “Driving simulators allow active learning by making it possible to give immediate feedback on driver performance. It is as close as a person can come to training on real roads with a licensed driving instructor, but without the crash risk.”

The simulator was provided to PennDOT by a State Farm grant written by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hamot. The program is free and can be scheduled by contacting Kim Smith, PennDOT safety press officer at kiasmit@pa.gov or by calling 570-368-4344.
According to PennDOT, last year in Pennsylvania, 10,537 alcohol-related crashes resulted in 326 fatalities. Of particular concern is the 21-25 age group in which 43 percent of the driver deaths were drinking drivers. Seventy-four percent of the drinking drivers in traffic crashes were male.

PennDOT reminds motorists crashes involving DUI are entirely preventable. Motorists should keep themselves, their friends and family, and others safe by designating a driver on not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For more information about impaired driving, visit www.JustDrivePA.org or call 570-368-8686.

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