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Teens to learn safer driving with Drunk and Drugged Driving Suits

on December 5, 2018

Warwick Valley High School students will get a lesson in the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol as they don Ford’s Drunk Driving Suit or the Drugged Driving Suit and attempt to pass a mock sobriety test.

a police officer leads a student wearing a Drug Driving Suit through a mock sobriety field test

The Drugged Driving Suit replicates the effects of being under the influece of illegal drugs.

The special event, hosted by the high school and Leo Kaytes Ford, will be held Friday, Dec. 14, during physical education classes. Students will wear the suits, which simulate the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and a school resource officer will conduct the mock field sobriety test. 

The suits re-create the reduced mobility, slowed reaction time, distorted vision, hand tremors, and reduced coordination that occurs when driving under the influence. They are equipped with specially designed padding, ankle weights, goggles,, and headphones.

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and the holidays are among the most dangerous driving days of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 300 drivers have lost their lives in the week between Christmas and New Year’s in the past five years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 18 percent of all motor vehicle driver deaths involve drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine. And another NHTSA roadside survey found that 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

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