Ford Introduces Drugged Driving Simulator

Though there are many devices of all levels of technology that simulate for drivers what it’s like to get behind the wheel drunk, a new device that has been developed by the Meyer-Hentschel Institute of Germany is one of the first widely available that provides people with a way to see just how disabled and dangerous they are making themselves when they choose to drive under the influence of drugs.

In 2013, a report by the US Department of Health and Human Services found that over 10 million Americans drove while under the influence of some level of illicit drugs, despite the obvious dangers of doing so. In conjunction with the Meyer-Hentschel Institute, Ford Motors has teamed up with researchers to present Americans with this new technological suit which simulates what it’s like to drive while under the influence of drugs, or CDS (controlled dangerous substances), in an attempt to both lower cases of DWI and the disastrous effects of choosing to drive while intoxicated.

The suit is designed with the specific goal of mimicking the effects of several common drugs, with features that channel intoxication by cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, and LSD, among others. Here is a quick look at the different ways the suit works:

  • Gloves that shake slightly, making controlling your hand movements more difficult
  • Weights on arms and legs to slow down the speed and balance of the wearer
  • Optical display that flashes lights and produces visual illusions to impair the driver’s view
  • Headphones that create noises and disorientation

Put out as a part of the Ford company’s Driving Skills for Life campaign, the suit was advertised as well through a promotional video where a professional driver has extreme difficulty operating a car. The suit is of course not intended for use on public highways, and will be part of other educational programs that aim to help new drivers properly and safely navigate roads and stop the prevalence of those driving after taking CDS.

Conviction for a charge of DWI and being under the influence of CDS is a serious offense that requires an experienced defense attorney. Between 2005 and 2009 over 16 percent of car crashes had some sort of narcotics component, which were also involved in eighteen percent of fatal accidents. The Ford Driving Skills for Life is managed by James Graham, who stresses the fatal consequences that can occur when an individual drives after using CDS. The DWI simulator suit is mainly an educational tool, and can be used to prevent DWIs from occurring long before an intoxicated driver is faced with the choice of getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

If you are facing a DWI, CDS or drugs charge, contact us at Zapicchi & Liller LLP for the best of over 10 years in the business as we strive to make America’s legal system work for the people it protects. For a free consultation, call us at 609-291-9500 today to learn more about how we can fight for your rights.

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