Driving simulator shows dangers of speeding and consequences of going too fast


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - An Omaha woman is behind bars accused of driving under the influence. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, she was also clocked going nearly 120 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone.

Troopers say Elizabeth Reed was arrested early Wednesday morning for not only driving under the influence, but also reckless driving.

Reed is accused of going so fast (117 mph) a University of Nebraska Medical Center driving simulator, which helps with research at the neurology department, can't even reach it. Jennifer Merickel wouldn't want to get to that speed anyway.

"You can have difficulty responding to changes in your environment," said Merickel, who is one of the neurology department's instructors.

Troopers said Wednesday Reed certainly had trouble. Luckily, nobody got hurt, but they say she did run a stoplight before getting pulled over.

Inside the simulator, Merickel demonstrated for FOX 42 News what driving over the posted speed limit looks like. She had trouble avoiding a car that suddenly appeared and a person that seemingly came out of nowhere. Merickel said Wednesday even driving 15 miles per hour over the speed limit is dangerous.

"If the other traffic doesn't expect you to be going that fast, it can cause issues with other vehicles on the roadway."

The consequences she says can be serious and even deadly.

"They may not be able to respond to you effectively. That might cause them to do things that could potentially cause an accident."

The Nebraska State Patrol said Wednesday Reed's Blood Alcohol Concentration was nearly twice the legal limit.

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