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Students Learn Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Students Learn Dangers of Drinking and Driving
Posted on 07/29/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Students Learn Dangers of Drinking and DrivingThrough an interactive experience from the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, twenty driver education students at Longwood High School have a better understanding of the dangers of drinking and driving.

On Monday, July 22, Deputy Sheriff Tom Indence spoke with students about how one wrong decision can affect the rest of their lives as well as the lives of others.  Students then drove through an obstacle course in a Drunk Buster Buggy, (a pedal-powered go-kart) while wearing impairment goggles, simulating the altered depth perception of intoxication.  Each orange cone represented a person, and each time the student hit a cone, they were responsible for taking a life.

After the simulated driving portion, students wore the goggles to walk through the maze with a partner, trying to avoid the cones and get home safely.  Students quickly realized that with their senses impaired, they could not see anyone coming from behind them, or could tell where a sidewalk ended, and the street began.

"Safety behind the wheel is of the utmost importance," said Dr. John J. Gallagher, coordinator of Longwood's Driver Education program. "Drivers are easily distracted due to texting or talking on the phone. Adding these dangers to driving while impaired increases the need for training such as this. We are grateful to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office for providing it to our students."

"Safety behind the wheel is of the utmost importance," said Dr. John J. Gallagher, coordinator of Longwood's Driver Education program. Drivers are easily distracted due to texting or talking on the phone. Adding these dangers to driving while impaired increases the need for training such as this. We are grateful to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office for providing it to our students
"Safety behind the wheel is of the utmost importance," said Dr. John J. Gallagher, coordinator of Longwood's Driver Education program. Drivers are easily distracted due to texting or talking on the phone. Adding these dangers to driving while impaired increases the need for training such as this. We are grateful to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office for providing it to our students
"Safety behind the wheel is of the utmost importance," said Dr. John J. Gallagher, coordinator of Longwood's Driver Education program. Drivers are easily distracted due to texting or talking on the phone. Adding these dangers to driving while impaired increases the need for training such as this. We are grateful to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office for providing it to our students
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