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U.S. Army Funds Improvements to Drunk Driving Simulator

U.S. Army Funds Improvements to Drunk Driving Simulator

January 14, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

January 14, 2009 | By Danny Cowan
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The U.S. Army is funding improvements to the University of Calgary student-developed drunk driving simulation The Booze Cruise. The improved title may be used in future troop training, in the hopes of curtailing intoxicated driving in soldiers returning from war zones.

According to Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, between 14 and 27 Army soldiers are killed every year in drunk driving-related accidents in their own vehicles. In 2006, drunk driving accidents accounted for 47 percent of all automobile fatalities involving soldiers.

The additional funding, which The Globe and Mail reports to be between $10,000 and $100,000, will finance realistic improvements to The Booze Cruise, a serious game title developed as a University of Calgary graduate project in conjunction with The Calgary Police Service Alcohol Unit.

The Booze Cruise challenges players to make a 90-second drive home as a male or female character with a .25+ percent blood alcohol level. Factors like height and weight are taken under consideration during gameplay, and driving controls are appropriately handicapped, accounting for blurred vision and delayed reaction times.

An improved version of The Booze Cruise has been completed and sent to the U.S. Army. The game is expected to be introduced as a part of troop training next month.


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