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 June 11, 2010

Safety

Save a Life Tour event warns about dangers of impaired driving

Military and civilian members of the Fort McCoy community learned the impact impaired or drunk driving can have on their careers and their lives during a June 2 Save a Life Tour event at the installation.

Andrew Tipton, Save a Life Tour manager, said the event is presented at military installations, colleges, high schools, etc.
PHOTO: Andrew Tipton (left) helps a Soldier use  the vehicle simulator during the Save a Life Tour at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Andrew Tipton (left) helps a Soldier use the vehicle simulator during the Save a Life Tour at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette

“We try to tell participants what will happen to them if they get a driving while intoxicated (DWI) ticket,” Tipton said. “They can lose their Family, career, friends and money.”

The cost of a DWI offense can approach $10,000, considering the cost of the ticket, assessments, traffic points, lost work time, license revocation and reinstatement, not to mention increased insurance costs, he said.

The presentation uses graphic videos, such as one about drunk driving and its consequences, and a video from the Oprah Winfrey Show about a crash victim survivor.

Tipton said the presentation also includes a video simulator that replicates drunk driving and lets participants test their reactions when their vehicle has slowed reaction times.

“If they find it difficult to control their vehicle under these conditions when they’re sober, it’s impossible to do when they’re impaired,” he said.

For more information about the tour, visit the Web site http://www.savealifetour.com.

Scott Zaehler, Fort McCoy Alcohol and Drug Control officer, said Fort McCoy secured the training to help the installation support the Army’s Critical Days of Summer campaign, which continues through Labor Day, and to help emphasize the dangers of impaired driving.

For more information about the campaign, visit the Web site https://safety.army.mil.

Soldiers attending the Save a Life Tour event also received Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) training credit, said Gail R. Zuege, Fort McCoy Drug Test Coordinator/Prevention Coordinator.

For more information about ASAP and other ASAP training opportunities in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-2441.

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