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