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    Save A Life Tour Educates NAS Key West Sailors

    Save A Life Tour Educates NAS Key West Sailors

    Photo By Chief Petty Officer Brian Morales | Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Bernadette, a native of Atlanta,...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Morales 

    Naval Air Station Key West

    KEY WEST, Fla. - Naval Air Station Key West Sailors experienced first-hand the devastating effects of drunk or distracted driving during the Save A Life Tour demonstration at Boca Chica Field, May 14.

    Save A Life Tour Managers Andrew Tipton and Anthony Lawrence prepared several display screens and two car simulators for a morning and afternoon brief inside the Boca Chica Fitness Center.
    “Be safe. Make good decisions, because when you put yourself in a bad situation, something bad can happen,” Tipton advised attendees during his brief.

    Sailors viewed real-life videos of car-crash incidents and tested the tour’s car simulators, which allow participants to experience the vision and steering delayed reactions of a person who is driving intoxicated or distracted.

    “I think that the visual aide helps bring out the full circle: helps the realization factor, that these things do happen, that this is real life and how it reflects and how it affects their family, their career and their lives,” said Chief Electronics Technician Allen Shaw, NAS Key West Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor.

    Often, Sailors’ actions off duty affect the Navy’s ability to sustain the fleet, enable fighters and support their families. With the Save A Life Tour briefs, Sailors gained a personal insight to help guide them throughout their careers.

    “I didn’t feel like I was going as fast as I was going,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jacob Melia after trying one of the simulators. “I tried to turn a little bit and I turned way too much. I was just not what I thought it would be at all.”

    Save A Life Tour visits military installations nationwide to raise drunk and distracted driving awareness for service members.
    “I’m just appreciative of all the commands that came out to support today and I think that the message was received well. Bravo Zulu to all the Sailors that came out and interacted,” added Shaw.



    Date Taken: 05.14.2014
    Date Posted: 05.15.2014 12:45
    Story ID: 129919
    Location: KEY WEST, FL, US 

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