More than 1,500 Porter County students were given the opportunity to experience the hazards of impaired driving in recent weeks.
The Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force visited Boone Grove, Morgan Township, Valparaiso and Wheeler high schools this spring, according to a press release from the Porter County Substance Abuse Council.
Task force members helped students navigate obstacle courses, toss bean bags, kick soccer balls, shoot baskets, complete a seat belt challenge and other tasks while wearing specialty goggles which simulate a variety of impairment levels.
In the golf carts the students wore goggles that mimicked alcohol impairments of .08 up to .25 including goggles that replicate nighttime drunken driving.
There are over 10,000 deaths each year in the United States attributed to drunken driving. That equals almost 30 a day, or about the size of a typical Porter County classroom of children.
Last year in Porter County there were 1,200 arrests for driving under the influence.
Efforts begun in high school may have long term ramifications. Many students were surprised at how poorly they were able to maintain balance and their inability to see straight.
Not drinking and driving is an especially important message this time of year. Students will be attending proms, graduations, parties and other events while either driving or being driven.
The Drunk Driving Task Force reminds parents they are the anti-drug and ask them to set the example and share the message that they should not drink and drive.
Dedicated to working for a drug-free Porter County, the Substance Abuse Council is the county’s oldest coalition working in the battle against drugs. For more information contact Beatrice Owen at (219) 462-0946 or Bowen@porterco.org.