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July 6th, 2009
New Braunfels contracts for Texas State invention


A drunk driving simulator developed at Texas State has recently been approved for a contract by the city of New Braunfels.

The New Braunfels City Council entered a contract with the Dwipod Corporation on June 8 for the Driving While Intoxicated Portable Onsite Demonstrator, developed by University Police Department (UPD) officer Otto Glenewinkel.

New Braunfels is the first city to receive a full-scale Dwipod, a demonstrator that allows students to virtually experience the life-threatening effects of driving while intoxicated. The demonstrator, which costs more than $44,000 to construct, will be housed inside 22-foot-long custom-built.

Glenewinkel teamed up with UPD Captain Paul Chapa and Alcohol and Drug Resource Center Director Judy Row to organize the nonprofit Dwipod Corporation in 2007. Recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and based in New Braunfels, the nonprofit enables Glenewinkel, Chapa and Row to offer the Dwipod to public service agencies nationally.

“The city of New Braunfels has made a commitment to protecting their youth by creating a partnership with the Dwipod Corporation,” Glenewinkel said. “This is a commitment other communities are sure to emulate.”

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