A Letterkenny student has come up with a unique project to show the effect that alcohol can have on driving.
Iarlaith Mc Ginley, a fifth-year student in Colaiste Ailigh, will combine a driving simulator with alcohol to show the dangers of drink-driving.
The enterprising student said his aim is to scientifically demonstrate the effect of just four units of alcohol has on motorists’ driving.
For his project, Iarlaith he is requesting the assistance of motorists to drive a simulator without alcohol and then to repeat simulation after consuming alcohol. Volunteers can book online at www.colaisteailigh.ie and assist with this very exciting project. Friday–Sunday slots are available.
The idea has helped Iarlaith qualify for the 2018 BT Young Scientist Exhibition.
The project has been kindly supported by the Donegal Education Training Board, the Donegal County Council Road Safety Group, The Donegal Association, Dublin and Fintan Moloney & Company, Letterkenny.
Iarlaith said “It will involve using a driving a simulator with and without the consumption of four units of alcohol (vodka + mixer, one vodka = 1.4 units).
“My aim is to scientifically demonstrate the effect that four units of alcohol have on your driving.”
The project begins today (Fri) in Colaiste Ailigh, Knocknamona, Letterkenny, and will continue until Sunday 7th of January 2018.
The full experiment will take approximately 60 minutes and all participants will be issued with written instructions following registration.
“The simulators computing software will issue and analyze the results and everything will be totally confidential. Drivers will not have an audience whilst using the simulator,” assured Iarlaith.
If required designated drivers will be on hand at the school to chauffeur participants home when they consume the alcohol.
Volunteers wishing to take part can book online at www.colaisteailigh.ie to assist with this project.Tags: