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Video Game Tournament Stresses Effects of Drunk Driving

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A UNK fraternity raises awareness of driving under the influence, by challenging students to get behind a game controller while wearing beer goggles.

The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brought the challenge to *virtual* life on Saturday, during a Mario Kart drunk driving tournament.

Contestants used "Fatal Vision" goggles to simulate different stages of intoxication, while navigating the courses in the game.

"I really think that for people who think lightly about drunk driving that when they participate in the event today," said event coordinator " Zacc Hoffart. "That they think just a little more seriously because it's a very serious topic."

And those who participated noticed how serious impaired driving can be, even in a video game.

"I think it was a good way of showing what not to do in a safe way," said participant Rebecca Meyer. "Though that way someone doesn't have to experience it but then they see the effects of drunk driving."

The 'Game Over for Drunk Driving' tournament was also sponsored by GameOn, who provided the game system and prizes.

Close to $200 raised from today's event will go to M.A.D.D.

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