The Wichitan

Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

Sarah Graves

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Sedona Swanner, radiology freshman, and Paige Cantrell, education freshman, play impaired dodgeball during the Texas Department of Transportation’s impaired dodgeball setup on the Jesse Rodgers Promenade on Aug. 31. Photo by Sarah Graves

The Texas Department of Transportation brought its impaired dodgeball truck to the Jesse Rogers Promenade on Aug. 31 to promote their “Plan While You Can” campaign that encourages students to plan ahead before consuming alcohol. This interactive game shows students how alcohol effects their movements and lowers their reaction time.

“Holiday weekends are notorious for a lot of drunk drivers, and Labor Day fits right into that whole bill. We are out here with the students trying to remind them that if they have a good time this weekend, that they need to plan while they still can and are still sober,” Adele Lewis, TxDOT public information officer, said. “We brought out drunk dodgeball to show them and allow them to play an interactive game that shows them what they are missing out on when they’re drunk.”

GDC Marketing and Ideation was contracted by TxDOT to create the game.

“A lot of people will do the drunk goggles thing, but people just say it’s blurry. With this, as you play and take the drinks, the player’s shadow gets slower and slower,” Christian Munoz, GDC tour manager, said. “Right now as they move, the shadow is right on them. When they get to drink three, they will move and the shadow will slowly trail behind.”

Students ducked and swerved to miss the ball coming toward them, but the computerized game illustrated their delayed reactions from the alcohol, and many times the ball hit them and they lost points. The winner of each game received a free box combo from Raising Cane’s.

Paige Cantrell, education freshman, participated in the game and said, “This was a really fun way to show what drinking does to your reactions.”

Cantrell’s friend, Sedona Swanner, radiology freshman, agreed with her and said the game was informative.

“For us, especially since we didn’t know how the alcohol really effects you, it was a really good demonstration just to learn how much the alcohol does,” Swanner said.

People can plan ahead before drinking by using TxDOT’s ride share program website.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the Contributor
Sarah Graves, Reporter
Sarah Graves is a reporter for The Wichitan. Sarah is in her second year at MSU, majoring in mass communication. She joined the staff after taking Dr. Wilson’s media reporting and writing class in spring 2016. She is also a member of MSU Bigs and the Advertising Federation. In her free time, Sarah enjoys watching Netflix...
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    Summer news: Campus continues to evolve

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    College about more than going to class

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    Living on campus helps students transition into college

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    Police officers help to keep campus secure

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    International students have additional challenges

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    Largest class of graduating students recognized May 12

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    Traditions contribute to campus life

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    Maroon: It’s more than just a color

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    About 200 students attend first Senior Walk

  • Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving

    Campus

    Mother’s Day ceramic sale May 10-14

The Student News Site of Midwestern State University
Interactive game shows dangers of drunk driving