During the holiday season, there's always an extra push to show the dangers of drinking and driving, and while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has enlisted the help of Robocop for its recent campaign, a Belgian group called Responsible Young Drivers is looking to reach out to a younger audience by using the popular Gran Turismo video game.

The video enlists a top Belgian GT gamer to help show how alcohol affects ones driving abilities. The driver first lays down a baseline lap, finishing in first place. He then grabs a seat at a makeshift bar, consumes enough drinks to get his blood alcohol level to reach .0920 (almost twice the legal limit in Belgium and slightly more than the .08 legal limit in the US). After he stumbles over to the game and slumps in behind the wheel, his on-track performance is noticably worst. The video may be a little preachy, and possibly somewhat staged at the end, but it should get the message across.


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      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drive totally hammered in Forza all the time. Sometimes I have to close one eye just so I don't see two screens. Good times.
      Jsinclair39
      • 1 Year Ago
      That story isn't sharing anything new. I'm sure most guys have tried to play Gran Turismo hammered and realized that it is no fun. That was when I realized that it is indeed a racing simulator. On the other hand, the Need for Speed series is terribly fun inebriated!
      Steve K
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Noticeably worst"? I guess there's no proofreading at Autoblog.
      Spiny Norman
      • 1 Year Ago
      A helmet? Really? Although I thought the pine tree air freshener was a nice touch.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Then they should show a 18 year old guy who has a .04 blood alcohol level (most states have ZERO tolerance for anyone under 21 even if not anywhere in the remote realm of drunk), and a guy who smoked a joint, and demonstrate how both have virtually no effect on driving and yet are both highly illegal.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Also, there is no way that his BIC was only .09 as he couldn't even walk. The problem with exaggerating nonsense like this is that it destroys credibility, and when people start realizing the lies, its hard to take any of it seriously and distinguish fact from fiction. Stop lying to kids and stick with the truth, its plenty powerful.
      bofdem
      • 1 Year Ago
      I normally do better in Gran Turismo when I've been drinking. That's how I double-dip on PS3 and libation. Real life? Not so much.
      francinela
      • 1 Year Ago
      "his on-track performance is noticably worst." Same thing happens when writers drink :) .
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, a missed opportunity. Everyone knows when you're *smashed* u drive like ****... But way too many people believe it is safe to drive when you "just had few"... They should have let the guy drink "just few" and compare the times, so people see how heavily we are affected in our reaction times even when we can still talk and walk straight.
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      fake
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol, really? We all already know.
      cazpa1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been drinking and driving for years, but after seeing this I have decided I shouldn't.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've beaten a major quest of Skyrim drunk one time. The next morning I woke up not remembering what had happened. With bruises.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        You probably got Fus Ro Dah-ed by Alduin as you tried to snipe him out of the sky while he is resurrecting Sahloknir. At least that was what happened to me.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        No wait...I know. Did you wake up the next morning in the temple of Dibella in Markarth?? Bonus cookie* if you know the quest I'm talking about. * cookie offer void after December 25th, 2013
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