MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) – Teenagers hear the message not to drink and drive all time from parents and school teachers. A national alcohol awareness program came to Moss Point Wednesday to let teens actually see and feel how dangerous it is to jump behind the wheel intoxicated.
The National Save a Life Tour group set up a multi-million dollar drinking and driving simulator at Moss Point High Wednesday. The young drivers actually got a sober, but realistic perspective of how off their reflexes can be if driving drunk on the road. The teens said they didn't like that feeling.
"Knowing that this stuff is real really touches home," one student said.
"It was terrible; from now on, I am even going to drink," another student said.
"You got a DUI," the instructor told the teen after getting off the simulator.
While the kids get a phony ticket in this lesson, National Save A Life Tour instructors said driving drunk is a real, growing problem that needs to stop.
"Every single weekend, on every single road, there is one in four drunk drivers and at least 25 percent of those are often teenagers," instructor Oscar Perry said.
Save a Life is using eye opening demonstrations like the simulator, as well as graphic videos and DUI posters to show the harsh reality of this irresponsible behavior.
"They see emergency rooms, and they see how it impacts the community, how it impacts the parents and the ripple effect goes on, and on, and on."
There's also a coffin to show that drinking and driving can be deadly. Organizers hope this will motivate them to say no to alcohol.
"That is all we want to do is be that reminder to not drink and drive. Please save a life."