The Save a Life Tour is an organization that travels around the world educating students on the danger of drinking and driving, through discussions, a video, and a drunk driving simulator.
The longer the driver was in the simulator the higher their blood alcohol level got, and the harder it became to stay in their lane. Eventually the driver would be pulled over or crash.
Wyatt Sorg is a freshman at IPFW who got behind the wheel of the simulator. He was one of many who didn't pass the test. Wyatt says it felt like he had no control over the car. “The steering wheel was all over the place. I tried to slow down and I came to a halt really fast, and I tried to speed up and I was going 50.”
The Save a Life Tour puts on this event at schools across the county. They want to put an end to drinking and driving. Jeremiah Newson is the tours manager, he says “Drinking and driving kills and it is dangerous and the world we live in is unpredictable and you never know what's going to happen.”
For Jeremiah the consequences of drinking and driving became a reality for him in high school.
Jeremiah says “Personally I was driving drunk on prom and had run through a red light and got hit by a bus. I broke my knee and ankle. My best friend flew out my passenger window, ripped his leg off.”
For this Jeremiah has dedicated his life to warning others. Jeremiah says “Once it happens to you it changes your life for ever because it's something that sticks with you in your mind forever.”
Jeremiah says they know they can't change everyone's mind, but as long as their message reaches one person they've done their job. Wyatt Says it touched him, “everybody needs to see it before it happens to them. I'll defiantly make sure my little brother gets the message as much as I did. I just know I don't want to be in that situation.”
Over 500,000 Americans die due to drunk driving crashes a year. Save a Life Tour says those crashes are totally preventable.