Students simulate drunk driving dangers

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By Tim McNicholas

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Updated: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:42:27 CST

How many encounters does an 8th grader really have with drunk driving?

More than you might think.

"They just ask you if you want to get in their truck,” 8th grader Joel Smith said. “You say no."

Students gathered in Blue Hill Wednesday for the Save a Life Tour, an interactive drunk driving simulator.

Students from 7th to 12th grade went for a three–minute test drive...

Most of them crashed pretty quickly.

In a farm town like Blue Hill, you're allowed to drive to and from school functions when you're just 14 years old.

ASAAP—a local substance abuse program—received a $3,100 grant from Nebraska's Highway Safety Department.

With that money they brought in this nationwide campaign.

One of their goals is to stop drunk driving before it starts.

"College binge drinking is accepted and almost expected in college,” ASAAP’s Stephanie Creech-Will said. “So what we want to do is provide education before it happens to the youth."

A video was shown prior to the simulation...

"Dead people and stuff,” Joel Smith said. “People getting run over."

And it wasn't pretty.

It showed real life experiences.

Afterwards kids were asked to take surveys on their habits.

If they weren't thinking straight before, many of them are now.

"I'll just say no and probably call my mom or dad instead,” Smith said.