Save A Life Tour Stops By PCC, Reminds Students Of Drunk Driving Dangers

Someone dies every 32 minutes because of drunk driving, according to national statistics.

A national awareness program that's hoping to curb that trend visited Pitt Community College on Tuesday.

The program is known as the Save a Life Tour.

Coordinator Ander Tipton said, "You have to be sober to control a car. You can't do it if you're on your phone. You can't do it while you're drunk."

Tipton travels across the country with hands-on simulators, which show the effects of driving while impaired and distracted.

PCC students Thomas Stocks and Laquita Daggs took part.

Stocks said, "At the beginning it was just driving like a regular, normal car. But then the DUI level started increasing and it became more difficult."

Daggs said, "I got distracted. I just can't drive so good when it's a lot of people around."

The drunk driving simulator delays the responses of the driver. The texting and driving simulator sends texts that have to be answered, while obeying traffic rules.

Tipton brings these simulators to different parts of the country for a personal reason.

Tipton said, "My dad, when I was in high school, hit a pole on Christmas Eve night. He had been drinking."

While Tipton's father didn't die or kill someone else, he said it takes a toll on many people.

"You live in a small town and the whole town knows about it," said Tipton. "The embarrassment of it, the cost of it, how it really affects your family and it's really emotional for your family."

PCC's Student Government Association helped to organize the Save a Life Tour.