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DUI Simulator Comes to Parkersburg South High School

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email
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UPDATE: 4-16-14 1:06 PM

Stop and think before getting behind the wheel and doing something they might regret.

Parkersburg South High School students learn from West Virginia’s Smart-n Up DUI Simulator.

"'Cause I’ve been through like this – and this is gonna help me out and teach me new things and I’m gonna be like wait, 'I’m gonna think of the consequences and I’m gonna think of the bigger picture, not just now,'” says senior Sciara Conger.

The goal is to lessen all the frequent flyers and DUI repeat offenders.

"Our job with the simulator is to give the kids a hands-on experience of drinking and driving with no consequences and no safety hazards,” says Dan Pickens, public health educator with the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.

Having a few drinks and driving was put into perspective.

"You could think that it's a good idea but then when you do the simulator you kinda realize it's more dangerous than it seems,” says senior Adam Powe.

Getting fresh eyes on the issue is really important.

"Along with the simulator it shows how quick things can change and how quick they can change your life,” says driver education teacher Dan Clevenger,. “I don't think it can do anything but good."

It's about early prevention.

"If we can keep a young person from getting the first one, then we don't have to worry about DUI number three, four and five,” Pickens says.

Mindful of what could happen, Adam wants look forward to his future.

"I won't drive drunk, definitely -- it's as simple as that,” Powe says.

Car crashes are the number one cause of death among teens in this country.

State Farm donated $90,000 to the WV ABCA to combat the growing problem of underage drinking and distracted driving.
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Car crashes kill teenagers more than anything else.

Parkersburg South High School wants to change that with the West Virginia Smart'n Up DUI Simulator.

Dan Pickens, public health educator from the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration says the simulator gives kids a hands-on experience of drinking and driving with no consequences and no safety hazards.

State Farm helped out by donating $90,000 to fight the growing problem of underage drinking and distracted driving.

"Our DUI numbers throughout the state come out once a year and we've been looking at them and our trend is, for the last three, four years -- our numbers are slowing dipping down," he says.

Pickens says it's about early prevention.

If they can keep a kid from getting the first one, then they don't have to worry about DUI number three, four and five.


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