On Friday, October 25, an organization called The International Save a Life Tour made a visit to our school. This organization runs a program that has been presented to over 1500 colleges and universities and over 600 different high schools across the country. They use various forms of presentations and demonstrations to show the effects and consequences of unsafe driving. The Save a Life Tour has also presented to hospitals, police stations, The Marine Corps, Navy, Army, and Air Force. They have even worked with the United States Pentagon.
When they came, they brought two different driving simulators that students were able to use. One simulator had an employee hand students a phone and they had to try to have a conversation with someone over text while driving. The other simulator showed how being intoxicated would affect focus while driving. They used a virtual reality headset to give a more realistic feeling of drowsiness. The first simulator represented distracted driving and the second represented impaired driving.
When asking one of the employees about the purpose of their organization, he explained, “we try to give students experiences with unsafe driving and why not to do it.” High school’s are the perfect places for them to present their cause because it is when most kids start driving. Before or during the beginning of someone's time driving is a good time to establish good habits and make them aware of what could happen if they do not drive safely.