Impaired driving is the focus for SGI’s traffic safety spotlight, and have a new Virtual Reality simulator to show people the effects of impaired driving more accurately.
The simulator is going around the province, aimed at kids to get them to avoid impaired driving.
SGI’s Tyler McMurchy says while drunk driving is a serious issue, the simulator focuses on drug impaired driving.
“In this case, the scenario is you are getting in the passenger seat with a driver that is impaired by marijuana and you can see the impact on that person’s driving, as you are in the passenger seat,” McMurchy says. “You’ll see them swerving around the road a little bit, not paying attention, driving much too slow for the conditions on a busy highway.”
McMurchy explains why the simulator focuses on drug impaired driving instead of drunk driving.
“We think it’s important to highlight the fact that alcohol; while it does impair many people, it is not the only thing that impairs people when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle,” McMurchy says. “With the coming legalization of cannabis, this is something that is very much on everyone’s mind.”
More people are killed on Saskatchewan Highways by drunk driving than anything else, with 57 people dying in 2016 from drunk driving accidents.