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Teaching kids to stay sober

Teaching kids to stay sober

Sean Pera, 17, a junior at Wheeler High School misses a soccer ball as he tried to kick it into a net while wearing Fatal Vision Goggles that simulate a .15 blood alcohol content. The Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force visited with students Thursday at WHS to heighten awareness of the ef…

April 25, 2013 1:53 pm
Teaching kids to stay sober

Teaching kids to stay sober

Students drive a golf cart through a course while wearing Fatal Vision Goggles on Thursday at Wheeler High School. The goggles simulate various blood alcohol content and are used in The Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force DUI golf cart training program. That group is visiting local high s…

April 25, 2013 1:53 pm
Teaching kids to stay sober

Teaching kids to stay sober

Matt Murillo, 19, a senior at Wheeler High School, misses a soccer ball Thursday at WHS as he tries to kick it into a net while wearing Fatal Vision goggles that simulate a .15 blood alcohol content.

April 25, 2013 1:53 pm
Teaching kids to stay sober

Teaching kids to stay sober

Wheeler High School students race around a car as they participate in a click it speed challenge Thursday. The contest awarded T-shirts to the four students who could get out of the car, run around it, get back in and fasten their seatbelt in the least amont of time.

April 25, 2013 1:53 pm
Lugar MADD

Lugar MADD

Candy Lightner, left, founder and president of (MADD) Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, faces reporters on June 14, 1983, at Capitol Hill, Washington. Lightner is joined by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole. The three favor a national drinking age of 21.

February 18, 2013 12:00 am
Sobering homecoming message

Sobering homecoming message

Nicole Wernes talks about alcohol awareness in front of Clark High School students. Wernes was in a car accident in 1995 when she attended Crown Point High School. Her friend died in that accident following a party where they had been drinking.

September 27, 2012 5:44 pm
A sobering homecoming message

A sobering homecoming message

Nicole Wernes talks to Clark High School students about the car accident she was in when she was in high school.

September 27, 2012 5:44 pm
A sobering homecoming message

A sobering homecoming message

Nicole Wernes talks to Clark High School students about making bad decisions before the Hammond school's homecoming celebration. Her friend died in a car accident in which Wernes was driving following a party where they had been drinking.

September 27, 2012 5:44 pm
Tending to training

Tending to training

Portage Sgt. John Ryan leads the certified server training program Tuesday sponsored by the Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force at the Porter County Expo Center. Servers must reapply for their server permit and take the training class every three years.

May 15, 2012 11:09 am
Tending to training

Tending to training

Valparaiso Police Department Sgt. Mike Grennes speaks Tuesday on the responsibilities of bartenders during the certified server training program sponsored by the Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force at the Porter County Expo Center.

May 15, 2012 11:09 am
Tending to training

Tending to training

Valparaiso Sgt. Mike Grennes speaks about responsibilities of a bartender during a certified server training program Tuesday sponsored by the Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force at the Porter County Expo Center.

May 15, 2012 11:09 am
Hobart High School drives home a teen safety message

Hobart High School drives home a teen safety message

Hobart High School junior Forrest McCollum tries to text and drive on a computer simulator Friday during a class about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

May 05, 2012 12:00 am
Hobart High School drives home a teen safety message

Hobart High School drives home a teen safety message

Hobart High School junior Forrest McCollum puts on impaired vision goggles to simulate a high blood alcohol content Friday during a pre-prom class at the school to discourage impaired driving.

May 05, 2012 12:00 am
Hobart High School drives home a teen safety message

Hobart High School drives home a teen safety message

Hobart police Cpl. Joe Clemmons, left, directs Hobart High School junior Caitlin Leath on Friday during a mock sobriety test with impaired vision goggles.

May 05, 2012 12:00 am
Hobart High School drives home a teen safety message

Hobart High School drives home a teen safety message

Hobart High School junior Kia Beller attempts to walk a straight line with impaired vision goggles Friday during a special pre-prom class designed to show students the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

May 05, 2012 12:00 am
Deadly DUI cycle plagues Lake County

Deadly DUI cycle plagues Lake County

Eric Kilbourne pleaded guilty in 2008 to killing his passenger, Amanda Montgomery, in a drunken driving accident.

October 07, 2011 10:54 am
Portage man, a former Air Force firefighter, disturbed by role in fatal DUI

Portage man, a former Air Force firefighter, disturbed by role in fatal DUI

Portage resident Brian Otto was convicted of killing Michigan City resident Lance Stroobandt in an August 2008 drunken driving crash in Porter. Otto is one of more than 30 region residents whose first drunken driving offense resulted in serious bodily injury or death, Lake and Porter County …

October 07, 2011 10:24 am
Portage man, a former Air Force firefighter, disturbed by role in fatal DUI

Portage man, a former Air Force firefighter, disturbed by role in fatal DUI

Brian Otto was convicted of killing Michigan City resident Lance Stroobandt in a 2008 drunken driving accident in Porter. "I shouldn't have been drinking and driving at all," Otto said.

October 07, 2011 10:14 am
DeMotte woman recalls 'mother's worst nightmare' in losing son to wreck

DeMotte woman recalls 'mother's worst nightmare' in losing son to wreck

Demotte resident Erica Fisher lost her son Eric Sims, in photo, last year after Dean Tillema III, of DeMotte, crashed a car while driving drunk and killed Sims and Taylor Cavinder, of Wheatfield, who were passengers. Fisher said she is pushing for stricter sentencing and responsibility for d…

September 28, 2011 4:10 pm
DeMotte woman recalls 'mother's worst nightmare' in losing son to wreck

DeMotte woman recalls 'mother's worst nightmare' in losing son to wreck

Demotte resident Erica Fisher looks through photos of her son Eric Sims, who was killed last year while a passenger in a car driven by an intoxicated driver.

September 28, 2011 4:10 pm
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