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Save a Life Tour will educate Soldiers, Civilians about impaired driving


Staff Sgt. Tyler Trappe, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, uses the Save A Life Tour simulator in 2012 to experience the difficulties of driving while under the influence of alcohol. SALT will be available to Soldiers and Civilian Employees next week at Magrath Sports Complex. (File photo)<br />
Staff Sgt. Tyler Trappe, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, uses the Save A Life Tour simulator in 2012 to experience the difficulties of driving while under the influence of alcohol. SALT will be available to Soldiers and Civilian Employees next week at Magrath Sports Complex. (File photo)

Michelle Kennedy

Staff Writer

Fort Drum Soldiers and Civilian Employees are encouraged to attend the Save a Life Tour presentation, hosted by the Army Substance Abuse Program. Units and organizations will have an opportunity to go through the educational briefing and test their skills on a high-tech driving simulator.
“The purpose of SALT is to raise people's awareness of the dangers of drunk and / or distracted driving by providing participants with an educational presentation, followed by a realistic driving experience in a giant simulator while other participants watch (on) giant screens,” said Albert Mack, ASAP Prevention Branch chief.
The simulators used during the training are multimillion dollar systems that provide a realistic intoxicated driving experience for participants. Soldiers and Civilians will see how difficult and dangerous it is to drive while intoxicated. Participants also will view emotional, intense videos and charismatic presenters who will engage the audience.
Mack added that programs like SALT are important because they can help raise awareness of the negative impacts of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Accidents happen each and every day, and with the summer vacation season rapidly approaching, there are going to be even more people out on the roadways traveling, (which can raise) the possibility of more traffic accidents,” he said.
Mack added that motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs and those who drive when they are distracted put themselves and others at risk.
“All it takes is a split second to change your life,” he said.
Briefings will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. June 9-13 at Magrath Sports Complex.
The SALT presentation satisfies one hour of annual ASAP training.
For more information, call 772-5447.





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