Florida County Uses Video Game Simulation to Teach Teens About Drunk Driving

Lee County, Fla.'s teen education program uses simulation to show young drivers how being drunk, distracted, drugged or even drowsy behind the wheel affects the ability to drive.

by / December 6, 2012

A new program in Lee County, Fla., will supplement driver training for teens by showing how being drunk, drugged, drowsy or distracted impairs driving ability.  Members of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition announced the program, called One Simple Decision, on Dec. 4 by as part of the monthly Lee County Young Driver Safety Program.

“As the holidays approach, more people will be on the roadways, rushing around to get ready for the holidays, attending holiday parties and traveling for holiday gatherings,” said Syndi Bultman, injury prevention manager for Lee Memorial Health System and chairperson for the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition. “It’s an especially important time to remind people of the dangers of drinking, drugs, distracted and drowsy driving.”

One Simple Decision is a computer simulation that helps young drivers understand how being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or being tired or distracted can affect a person's ability to drive. In conjunction with the simulation, coalition members will also share statistics with students about the number of drug- and alcohol-related fatalities. During the 2011 holiday season, which is Nov. 20 though Jan. 5, Lee Memorial Trauma Services treated more than 200 patients who had been involved in vehicle collisions and six of those patients died.

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition is composed of more than 80 health and safety agency officials and has promoted health and safety in Lee County since 1995.

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