The Washington State Patrol in conjunction with State Farm Insurance helped set up a booth at the Kittitas County Fair to demonstrate the effects of driving under the influence and texting while driving.
The booth used 4-D glasses and created realistic effects as virtual drivers drove through a one mile, three minute course through a variety of landscapes, reports the Daily Record.
The booth was offered to individuals 14 years of age and older. The Washington State Patrol indicated that the booth was aimed at giving people the knowledge and skills to make better choices. If potential distracted drivers are aware of how affected their driving is by alcohol or texting, they would hopefully make better choices and not drive under these circumstances.
As part of the simulation, drivers experienced real steering, braking, acceleration, braking, and even accidents. The simulation demonstrated delayed reactions by literally delaying the time that drivers could react to his or her surroundings.
Along with the driving simulation, officials also issued a handout with some facts about drunk driving. Included in the handout was the fact that most DUI accidents occur when the individual has a blood alcohol level between 0.06 and 0.10. This fact may be surprising as many individuals may assume that DUI accidents only occur with a high blood alcohol concentration. In addition, it should be noted that the legal limit to drink and drive is 0.08 and that many DUI accidents occur below this amount.
A drunk driving charge can have very serious consequences. An individual charged with the crime can face monetary fines and even jail time. In addition, the DUI charge may stay on your record and affect your ability to get a job in the future or even get a loan.
If you are charged with a DUI in the Seattle or King County areas, you should talk to an experienced Seattle DUI defense attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense. Just because you are charged with the offense, this does not mean that you are guilty. Schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your case by calling us at 425-284-2000.