Save a Life Tour Visits Norfolk

Story Number: NNS140513-20Release Date: 5/13/2014 8:20:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Save a Life Tour (SALT) visited Naval Station Norfolk, May 13, to educate Sailors on the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

The high-impact alcohol awareness event featured intense videos, real-life accounts from Speaker and Program Manager C.J. Rich, and a drunk driving simulator that gave Sailors a sober perspective on driving intoxicated.

"The lesson you learn here is simple: be responsible," said Rich. "When it comes to drinking and driving, rank doesn't matter. We are all affected by poor decisions."

SALT provides Sailors a first-hand experience of the devastating effects of drunk or distracted driving and the real and often fatal consequences of poor choices. The program includes a series of tragic videos that highlight the personal stories of lost loved ones.

"We continue to have too many Sailors affected by either drunk or distracted driving," said Force Master Chief Kenneth Daniels, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. "The SALT visit is a reminder for us all to act responsibly for ourselves and each other. Remember, Keep What You Have Earned - drink one and you're done."

"Some of the videos were an eye-opener," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Lakeisha Williams, the command Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisor (DAPA) for the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). "Seeing the people and putting a face to the victims really hits home and helps Sailors appreciate the seriousness of drunk driving."

SALT has been developed to provide state-of-the-art, interactive drunk driving simulations that show how alcohol impairs driving skills. Participants experienced the same vision and steering reactions of someone driving while intoxicated.

"I never expected the driving simulator to be so difficult," said Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Ashley Thomas, assigned to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). "If you're thinking about drinking and driving, don't think twice - think three times! Once you're behind the wheel, there's no turning back."

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