GCC Hosts Steer Clear Event

Simulators Replicate Dangers of Drunk / Distracted Driving

Batavia, NY- Students hear a lot of about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or texting while driving. GCC is giving them a chance to experience it firsthand. Two simulators will be on campus on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. in The Forum as part of Steer Clear, an event to raise awareness about the dangers of Drinking and Driving and Distracted Driving.

Alcohol abuse and distracted/inattentive driving rank in the top five as causes of fatal motor vehicle crashes in New York State, according to 2011 crash data on the Department of Motor Vehicles website. The simulators at GCC come from Simplified Entertainment. Students have a chance to “drive” them, experiencing how alcohol impairs ability and how quickly accidents occur when a driver’s attention is focused elsewhere.

The event is sponsored by GCC’s student CEO Club and Student Activities Office. GCC students have been invited to participate in the event and all high schools in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming Counties) region have also been invited. Several agencies will be on campus as well, including the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department and Genesee County’s STOP-DWI program.

“We hope students will take some time to experience these simulators,” said Cliff Scutella, director of Student Activities. “It will really open their eyes to how important it is to have full attention and full lucidity when driving. We hope we can save lives with this demonstration.”

The simulators will be available from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in The Forum at GCC’s Batavia campus, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

For more information, contact Student Activities Director Cliff Scutella at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6261, or via email: cmscutella@genesee.edu.

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