SimDeck Simulator used to demonstrate the affect of alcohol

Campbell Live Reporter, Tony Reid was starting to get a bit under the weather...literally!

Campbell Live Reporter, Tony Reid was starting to get a bit under the weather...literally!

NZ television station TV3, are bringing the deadly mix of alcohol and driving to life in the SimDeck simulator in the Cambell Live TV programme.

Campbell Live addresses the growing problem of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Campbell Live addresses the growing problem of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.


Many people under estimate the affect that a few drinks can have on their ability to drive. Depsite the often perceived bravado of knocking a few drinks back at the Xmas party or during the holiday season, this coming holiday season is expected to be no different with numerous people being killed because of the influence of alcohol.

Under the watchful eye of his camera crew and the  NZ Police, Tony increases his alcoholic intake to almost 3 times the legal limit!

Under the watchful eye of his camera crew and the NZ Police, Tony increases his alcoholic intake to 3 times the legal limit!

Campbell Live reporter Tony Reid, in co-operation with the North Shore Police and SimDeck Formula Simulators went out to demonstrate just how deadly the mix of driving and alcohol can be be and the direct influence on one’s ability to stay alive or not kill another. Tony first spent a period of time in the simulator driving a virtual LX6 open top sports car (1.8 lt engine) in a rural race circuit in the UK to first gain some familiarity of the simulator / car and the virtual environment. Then it was off to an actual pub down the road here in Albany where he lubricated the parched throat with a mix of alcoholic drinks.

Back at SimDeck HQ the Police breath tested Tony and he was exactly 400 mg….the edge of breaking the law in NZ, though still just legal, Tony was definitely now under the influence, but not legally drunk or breaking the law. Then back into the simulator car and out on the road where a noted lack of ability was becoming apparent. To test the point further, two cans of Woodstock burbon drink at 8% acoholic level was consumed, Tony was now definitely drunk with a breath tested reading of just on 1140 and as the Police described…was now a licensed potential killer on the road. With speech slurred, glazed eyes, unstable on his feet, Tony hoped back into the Simdeck car and headed off back down the road.

Breath testing a known driver under the influence. As it turned out the reading was almost three times the legal limit.

Breath testing a known driver under the influence. As it turned out the reading was almost three times the legal limit.

Thankfully it was only a virtual world where he was driving, but now every corner became a disaster zone, unable to keep to the line Tony was truely a potential killer behind the wheel and capable of creating a lifetime of misery had he been driving in the real world.

Even though this was a journalist experiencing his own story, it was observed that Tony’s demeanour had now become rather cocky, over confident and this was whilst interviewing the Police officer – all in the name of the story. His sentences and questions were not as fluent like before. The Police Officer in attendance suddenly bought home the serious reality of Tony’s condition in that he now considered Tony’s state of intoxication to be deadly. He went on to explain the life long impact this could have had if Tony had been in this state and pulled up at a road check point. A lost of license was guarranteed, notable fine, public shame and the sequence of after affects, could lead to loss of job, reliance on taxis, friends and public transport , family breakdown, loss of income.

Of course the camera crew were not going to be left out and jumped into the SimDeck Simulator for a few lamps.

Of course the camera crew were not going to be left out and jumped into the SimDeck Simulator for a few laps.

Role playing and all for the story, evenso the realisation for Tony of his real life inebriated state, suddenly brought about the grim reality that had he been out in the real world and been breath tested after a party, afternoon drinks or an evening with the boys, his career and life would have just taken a turn for the worst and that would be even without an accident….thankfully he was in the virtual world of Simdeck Simulators.

And before you ask, Tony was not driving when he left SimDeck Simulators HQ and was chauffer driven by his cameraman.

Hey folks this very life like demonstration of real booze, a real cop doing real breath testing in a very real life like virtual world, is here as a deadly warning.

IF YOU DRINK AND DRIVE YOU’RE BLOODY IDIOT. IT JUST AIN’T WORTH THE RISK AND SEQUENCE OF EVENTS.

Tony Reid driving the SimDeck PET250 simulator. Click on the image to view the video programme.

Tony Reid driving the SimDeck PET250 simulator. Click on the image to view the video programme.


If you missed the story on Campbell Live, TV3, 7pm 17 December 2008. http://www.tv3.co.nz it is available on this linked screen shot.
Here is a link to the video programme.

SimDeck Formula Simulators was pleased to be involved and supporting this message to keep our roads safe and our drivers sober.

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