Students learn about impaired driving in demonstration

Published: Sep. 23, 2016 at 1:08 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2016 at 1:46 AM CDT
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(Source: KAIT)
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LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) - A group of students at a Region 8 school got a first-hand look at the effects of drinking and driving Thursday.

The Craighead County Sheriff's Department set up an obstacle course in the parking lot of the Riverside High School in Lake City.

Juniors and seniors took turns putting on a pair of goggles that impaired their vision and trying to maneuver through cones in a golf cart.

Deputy James Watson said the students left with an experience that made a definite impact on them.

"I don't think they know it's going to affect them as bad as it does," Watson said. "A lot of them think they're going to put it on and ace the course but that's not usually the case so the response is usually pretty good."

Some students were surprised by how hard the course was.

"Once I put on the goggles,I couldn't even see and they say that actually stimulates what it's like to be drunk," student Rosemarie Varner. "I mean I learned definitely that even your own abilities can be questioned whenever you're drunk."

"It's not very safe," student Gannon Crews said. "I mean, it's entertaining out here, but this is all controlled. But in real life, it would probably be better if you keep it indoors."

About 100 students participated in the demonstration.

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