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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Think there’s nothing wrong with drinking and driving?

Don’t think wearing seat belts is necessary?

Maybe you need some convincing otherwise. Maybe you need to take a ride that ends with a bang. Literally.

The Japan Automobile Federation is bringing “The Convincer” to Yokosuka Naval Base for Saturday’s Friendship Day as part of the base’s “None for the Road” drunken-driving awareness and prevention campaign, said Criminal Investigation Division investigator Chavella Bailey.

The simulator takes each participant on a three-minute ride that ends in a 3½-mph crash, said Bailey. Participants will ride with drivers Hisamoto Katsuaki and Minegishi Toshio and will be wearing seat belts, she said.

The ride is intended to show the importance of wearing seat belts, and the drivers also will talk about the effects of driving under the influence, she said.

“It’s the best tool we can offer the community,” Bailey said of the simulator, which will operate adjacent to the Friendship Day’s car show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bailey said the None for the Road committee also will sponsor a drunken-driving trivia game and give out T-shirts while people are waiting in line, she said.

Base commander Capt. Daniel Weed already has volunteered to try out the simulator, she said.

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