The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) was joined by Lt. Gov. Bethany Corridor-Lengthy, Security and Homeland Safety Secretary Nathaniel McQueen Jr. representatives from the Workplace of Freeway Security (OHS) and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Defend to rejoice the launch of the State’s first Impaired Driving Simulator Program.
“It’s crucial that each driver on the street understands the repercussions of driving whereas underneath the affect,” stated Corridor-Lengthy. “Deaths and accidents on account of driving underneath the affect are preventable. Progressive options like this might help to cut back the variety of accidents and save lives. I thank all the state companions for his or her management and the assist of Highmark DE in launching the DUI Driving simulator. Partnerships like this assist make our state stronger and more healthy.”
The simulator program, made attainable by way of a partnership with the Workplace of Freeway Security and Highmark Delaware, will enable drivers to expertise what can occur after they function a car drunk or whereas distracted with a cellular phone. Imaginative and prescient, braking and steering are impacted by the varied ranges of impairment and show the risks in a digital coaching situation.
“Impaired driving stays prevalent on our roadways. Very like aggressive driving or different harmful behaviors, impaired driving is completely preventable,” stated McQueen. “Many because of DATE, OHS and the assist of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Defend for devoting their time and dedication to this undertaking. Initiatives like this are crucial for our efforts to cut back the incidence of impaired and distracted driving all through our state.”
With 3,972 DUI arrests and 1,050 DUI-related crashes occurring within the state final yr, DATE and OHS will be a part of forces to deploy the simulator at faculties and neighborhood occasions statewide to teach the general public and create an consciousness across the risks of impaired driving.
“Our Division is happy to current this state-of-the-art Impaired Distracted Driver Simulator. From its inception, this undertaking has been supported by our companions at Highmark Delaware, Delaware Workplace of Freeway Security and the Workplace of the Secretary of Security and Homeland Safety,” DATE Director John Yeomans stated. “That is an especially beneficial instrument in our continued efforts to teach our residents and particularly our younger drivers concerning impaired driving.”
“Driving underneath the affect is the results of poor decision-making, and has tragic penalties,” OHS Director Kimberly Chesser stated. “The DUI Simulator presents a possibility for folks to expertise numerous driving situations, hazards and situations as in the event that they had been underneath the affect whereas safely utilizing a simulation program. The simulation mimics the difficulties drivers will encounter at numerous blood alcohol content material ranges. By incorporating the DUI simulator into our security applications, we’re educating the neighborhood in regards to the penalties of impaired driving and reinforcing our drive sober message.”
DATE was awarded a $140,000 grant from Highmark Delaware to assist buy the driving simulator.
“Highmark Delaware’s BluePrints for the Neighborhood is happy to assist the acquisition of an impaired driving simulator for the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement as they accomplice with faculties and community-based organizations all through the state to fight impaired driving. By offering real-life situations in a protected and managed surroundings, good driving practices will be instilled in our younger drivers,” Highmark Blue Cross Blue Defend President Nick Moriello stated.