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March 4, 2003 -- No. 137

Alcohol awareness program to feature high-tech robotics, simulators

Wednesday (March 5), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alcohol awareness program location:
Hanes Lot (off Cameron Avenue)
UNC campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Public Safety will sponsor an alcohol awareness program that includes simulators demonstrating the effects of alcohol use in driving situations.

In partnership with the Governorís Highway Safety Program, the N.C. Highway Patrol and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch, the program also will give participants an interactive look at driving-while-impaired laws and the consequences for driving while impaired.

Two mobile educational units will be on display. The Governorís Highway Safety Programís N.C. Highway Safety Exposition will feature high-tech robotics and an interactive kiosk of highway safety information, as well as the simulators replicating the dangers of driving while impaired.

Also on hand will be one of the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branchís two 32-foot custom-built mobile breath alcohol testing units Ė better known as a "BAT Mobile." The units are outfitted with all the necessary equipment and supplies for on-the-spot processing of DWI suspects during local and state law enforcement checkpoints.

The Expo and BAT Mobile are open to the public. Several other community and traffic safety groups also will distribute information and promotional items.

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Public Safety contact: Lt. Bill Nato, (919) 843-5595 or