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Longview students try drunk driving simulator

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Longview High School students learned firsthand what it's like to drive drunk…without actually drinking anything, or driving an actual car.

The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service made a stop at the school during their "Watch UR BAC" campaign, teaching the dangers of alcohol misuse.

We were there as the students tried the simulator.

Alex Edwards and Maria Martinez can't legally drink alcohol, but they can "drive drunk," or pretty close to it. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service is equipped with a pedal car and a driving simulator, and the most important part: fatal vision goggles. The goggles skew one's vision, making doing anything more difficult.

"Like tunnel vision. Everything was curved and discolored," Alex observed.

"I tried to keep normal vision. It's a little easy, but it's hard at the same time, trying to protect your sister or your mom," Maria said.

The cones on the pedal car course represent people, further driving the point home.

"I shouldn't drink and drive because I'm going to hit my sister with the car," Maria revealed.

"I just didn't want to hit anybody. I wanted to go home," Alex said.

Next they headed toward town in the simulator, wearing the goggles. It didn't take long for police to spot a swerving vehicle, and the chase was on. If you run long enough SWAT gets involved. The goggles make the whole thing look hazy.

"Yes, and so did the hood," Alex admitted.

"Now you guys both had hood issues," I pointed out.

"Yes. Yes, we did, but we still managed. I got busted, he evaded. That's not fair. You ain't evading in real life, okay?" Maria said to Alex.

"Drinking and driving is bad, kids. Don't do it. You'll hit your sister or your mom," Maria said.

The program definitely holds the students' attention, and teaches a valuable lesson.

The Watch UR BAC program will continue to tour Texas schools and community groups. In fact, tonight from 7-8pm they will be set up at Maude Cobb Convention Center, where anyone can give it a try for free.

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