The national Make a Difference, Save a Life tour rolls through Fort Benning this week.
A one-of-a-kind simulator which graphically illustrates the dangers of drinking and driving will be available to Fort Benning Soldiers August 17-21. The national Make A Difference, Save A Life tour allows participants to safely experience first hand how alcohol consumption impairs driving ability, according to a press release. Participants “drive” a vehicle -- which is actually a simulator -- sober, then experience changes of increased impairment as the simulation progresses. This simulator uses an intense multimedia program to promote alcohol awareness and to discourage drinking and driving. It is the only one of its kind and can simulate 87 miles of roadways and traffic patterns, with fully controllable environments and conditions to simulate times of the day and weather, the release said. Two large 8’ by 10’ projection screens display the drivers and a helicopter view of the vehicle. Participants receive tickets numbering and identifying the number of violations committed during their turn in the simulator.