story by Rob
Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
cadets and members of the Fort McCoy community learned, reviewed and
experienced how drinking and driving don’t mix during a "Save a
Life Tour" event April 27 at Fort McCoy.
Chris Geysbeek (left) of the
"Save a Life Tour" gives a Wisconsin ChalleNGe Academy
cadet instructions about how to navigate on a driving simulator.
Geysbeek of the "Save a Life Tour" said the organization has
three tour groups that visit about 1,000 locations a year. Military
and civilian communities host the interactive event, which helps drive
home the point "drinking and driving kills."
emphasize to be there for your friends (when they’ve had too much to
drink)," Geysbeek said. "If they try to drive, don’t let
them. Step up and take their keys."
driving simulator shows participants the effects of drinking on
drivers’ reaction time. Geysbeek said the experience doesn’t
include losing or having impaired equilibrium, balance or other motor
experience gives them hands-on experience (of what it’s like to
drive drunk) behind the wheel," he said. "It’s like a
video game so it catches their interest."
has a similar reaction to driving under impaired conditions, he said.
For example, even though people are told not to turn the wheel to
correct the path of their vehicle they tend to do it anyway.
Eric Pedersen, the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program coordinator, guides a ChalleNGe Academy cadet through some obstacles with the Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience (SIDNE) vehicle near building 905 at Fort McCoy.
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program also includes a video telling the effects of drinking and
driving, several displays with facts about drinking and driving and a
coffin. Geysbeek said everyone is impacted differently by the
exhibits, but it is hoped that one of the exhibits will affect the
about 50,000 fatal accidents a year on U.S. roadways and a little more
than half of them being alcohol related, Geysbeek said the simulations
attempt to present the sobering facts to the attendees so they will
decide not to drink and drive.
Manke, who bought a student group in the high-school age category from
the Sparta Charter School, said many of the youths in the group were
age 16 — about the age they learn to drive.
wanted them to see up front what the choices of drinking and driving
could do," Manke said. "Hopefully, this will help convince
them to make good choices and not drink and drive."
Participants try out fatal vision goggles during a “Save a Life Tour” program April 27 at building 905 at Fort McCoy. The event was held to observe April as Alcohol Awareness Month.
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Pedersen, the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)
coordinator, said the ASAP arranged to have the tour to support April
as Alcohol Awareness Month.
activities also included exhibits from the Installation Safety Office,
including fatal vision goggles that replicate various levels of
impairment, and the SIDNE, a Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience
vehicle. A SIDNE is a battery-powered vehicle that simulates the
effects of alcohol or other drugs on a motorist’s driving skills and
arranged this to bring information to the Fort McCoy community
(including the ChalleNGe Academy cadets) and also to the neighboring
communities about the dangers of drinking and driving," Pedersen
said. "We hope to be able to arrange something similar for next
year’s Alcohol Awareness Month."
more information about the "Save a Life Tour," visit the Web
or call 888-655-7263.
more information about alcohol awareness in the Fort McCoy community,
call the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program 608-388-2441.