Goggles to Prevent Teens from Drinking & Driving

by Emily Baird on May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

Some Maysville High School juniors and seniors know what it feels like to consume a large amount of alcohol. It’s an amount that’s two or three times the legal limit.

With the help of the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, students wore "fatal vision" goggles and were asked to drive a golf cart around a path of cones and take part in a sobriety test.

"It teaches you not to drink and drive at the same time because it makes everything like a real-life experience, especially walking a straight line. I mean, I almost fell like four times, " says Senior Josh Dovenbarder.

It’s the Maysville School District’s effort to prevent students from making bad decisions at this Saturday’s prom. Dovenbarder says he heard the message loud and clear.

"It’s a decision that could cause you a death, or it can put someone in the hospital, really hurt them, " says Dovenbarder.

Maysville switches the activity with a mock crash every other year to give students two different experiences on what can happen if they choose to drink and drive.