Around 48 Tolles Career & Technical Center students and a handful of staff took to the pavement Thursday to learn of the dangers of drunk and impaired driving.
Students donned goggles that impair their vision, simulating a blood alcohol level between .08 and .15, and tried shooting hoops, tossing a ball and steering a Honda Pioneer through traffic cones, all under the supervision of the Plain City Police Department.
“We show them the dangers of impaired and distracted driving and cover seat belt safety,” McKee said.
This is the second year the department has offered the demonstration at local schools during their school day, according to police chief Dale McKee.
The department will also visit Jonathan Alder High School and Shekinah Christian later this month.
“I did not do good!” said Zaira Santiago, a senior at Tolles, after hitting more than five traffic cones with the vehicle.
“I thought I would be able to at least stay in the lines. Afterwards, I was thinking those cones could be a car or a kid,” Santiago said.
Superintendent Kim Wilson even stopped by to try her hand and show her support.
“Just that one lapse of judgment can cost so much, I’d rather have them learn it here than on the road,” Wilson said.
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