Penn State Harrisburg students recently “drove drunk” on campus with the assistance of the college’s Police Services.
Through the combined efforts of seven college support units, more than 100 students took advantage of a drunken driving simulation in which they donned goggles which duplicate the effect of alcohol on vision and coordination and then tried to steer a pedal car through a series of twists and turns.
Running over cones and off the track, the students were quickly provided a safe, monitored lesson on the impact of drinking and driving.
The “Drunk Buster Mobile” used in the educational test was purchased by Police Services through a grant from the Student Government Association and will be used in future seminars to reinforce the college’s effort to deter driving while intoxicated.
Along with Police Services, the college’s Counseling Services, Intramural Athletics, Judicial Affairs, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Residence Life, and Behavioral Sciences units financially supported the effort and an accompanying alcohol awareness and counseling seminar on campus.
“The students who tried the course were so impressed with the impact that they began telling others to take part,” reports Police Services Officer Marlene Sherwin, who coordinated the simulation. “It really took off and students said they gained a lot from the simulation.”