On Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., the City of Plainfield will run an underage drinking and driving prevention program featuring the Safety Bug Simulator at Plainfield High School. This program simulates an under the influence driving experience in order to educate the students on the dangers of driving while intoxicated. According to the CDC, 1 in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives. Moreover, even without the influence of alcohol, teen drivers are 3 times more likely than experienced drivers to be in a fatal car crash. That number is exponentially higher when alcohol is involved.

“It is of utmost importance that our youth have an understanding of what is at stake if they choose to drive under the influence,” said Mayor Adrian O. Mapp. “We are committed to providing educational resources to our youth, so that if they are faced with such a decision, they will be equipped with the knowledge to make the safest and most responsible choice.”

The Safety Bug Simulator is presented by the Pennsylvania DUI Association in partnership with Plainfield’s Division of Parks and Recreation. It is a modified trailer that seats 12-15 students and staff. Each student will have the opportunity to drive under normal conditions and then in a DUI scenario. The steering and braking mechanisms will be delayed in order to represent the reaction times of driving under the influence.

This program is part of the City of Plainfield’s ongoing efforts to promote the health, safety, and success of the city’s youth.