Paul Smith's students to take the wheel, simulate DWI - 2009-10-08
“Steer Clear of DWI” event on Friday, Oct. 16, to use special goggles to highlight danger
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PAUL SMITHS – Drunk driving can be deadly – and an upcoming demonstration at Paul Smith’s College will give students a sense of how even a few drinks can impair their ability.
The “Steer Clear of DWI” event on Friday, Oct. 16, will put students behind the wheel of a pedal-powered go-cart while wearing a pair of Fatal Vision goggles, glasses that simulate some of the effects of being intoxicated. With the goggles on, students will try to navigate an outdoor obstacle course.
“The purpose is for drivers to experience first-hand just how seriously alcohol impairs vision and the ability to drive safely,” said Marga McMahon, a Paul Smith’s College junior who is on the school’s peer-education team. That group teaches other students about health and safety issues. “Although people have become less tolerant of drunk driving in recent years, DWI is still a deadly serious problem. In 2008 there were over 11,000 fatalities due to drunk driving crashes. That’s one alcohol-related traffic death every 45 minutes.”
October is Alcohol Awareness Month. Paul Smith’s College is joining other colleges and universities across the country in making a concerted effort to decrease the incidence of alcohol-impaired driving and discourage high-risk drinking.
“Steer Clear of DWI” will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Joan Weill Student Center. The go-cart was purchased with a grant from the Tri Lakes Prevention Council.
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