U.S. Army Funds the DUI Game

By:

Students at the University of Calgary developed a drunk driving video game-style simulator. The U.S. Army recently provided funding to the game’s developers to make improvements to the game in hopes of using it as a DUI prevention tool. The U.S. Army intends to use the game to help soldiers returning from Iraq adjust to home life.

When playing Booze Cruise, gamers enter their weight and the number of alcoholic drinks they have consumed. Then they must attempt to navigate their vehicles home, avoiding other vehicles and pedestrians, before the time expires. The game factors in delayed reflexes and blurs the screen to mimic the drunk driving experience.

Said professor Jim Parker in an article in the Globe and Mail: "They come back and they also haven't driven a car in two years. So they can drink, they can drive, and bingo, they get into trouble. The goals are pretty pure here. They're trying to keep their guys from getting hurt."

The Examiner reported the Army plans to put the new and improved game into use within the next month.

The game, in its basic form, was originally developed in 2007. Developers looked for bidders to help make further improvements to the game, and the U.S. Army stepped up to the plate.

Jim Parker, University of Calgary professor of both computer science and fine arts, has led the project. Parker says the concept of the DUI game is to make users understand that it is not possible to "think yourself sober."

Not everyone is a fan of the Booze Cruise game. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada feels that the game will teach people the skills to drive drunk, rather than acting as a DUI preventative.


» Back to DUI Articles

PAID ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT: THIS WEB SITE IS A GROUP ADVERTISEMENT AND THE PARTICIPATING ATTORNEYS ARE INCLUDED BECAUSE THEY PAY AN ADVERTISING FEE. It is not a lawyer referral service or prepaid legal services plan. Total DUI is not a law firm.  Your request for contact will be forwarded to the local lawyer who has paid to advertise in the ZIP code you provide. Total DUI does not endorse or recommend any lawyer or law firm who participates in the network nor does it analyze a person's legal situation when determining which participating lawyers receive a person's inquiry. It does not make any representation and has not made any judgment as to the qualifications, expertise or credentials of any participating lawyer. The information contained herein is not legal advice. No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Any information you submit to Total DUI does not create an attorney-client relationship and may not be protected by attorney-client privilege. Do not use the form to submit confidential, time-sensitive, or privileged information. All photos are of models and do not depict clients. All case evaluations are performed by participating attorneys. An attorney responsible for the content of this Site is Kevin W. Chern, Esq., licensed in Illinois with offices at 25 East Washington, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60602. To see the attorney in your area who is responsible for this advertisement, please click here or call 866-200-8052.

FLORIDA ONLY: Total DUI is considered a lawyer referral service in the state of Florida under the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct. By all other standards, Total DUI is a group advertisement and not a lawyer referral service.

If you live in Mississippi, Missouri, New York or Wyoming, please click here for additional information.