3/27/2014 5:14 PM
by Rachael Cardin
OAK HILL - A unique new device is traveling around West Virginia, making sure to visit as many high schools as possible.
The Alcohol Beverage Control Administration of West Virginia has designed a real life experience for new drivers in order to teach an important lesson. Officials said a simulator that takes the driver through a drunk driving experience has produced positive feedback. Sponsored by private companies and State Farm Insurance, the DUI simulator has been making its way to high schools and driver’s ed. classrooms so students can safely understand the severity of drinking and operating a vehicle.
Educators, like Dan Pickens, said this technology is a more engaging way to teach: “the 2 greatest factors with that thing is that 1) it's hands on. It is a hands on experience where they're actually doing something, they're experiencing things. And also, it's something they're comfortable with. Most kids are comfortable with electronics (mumbles) that also helps get in their head a little bit as well."
Educators said they have a few more high schools to schedule stops at before the school year is over.