Experiment helps class at Career and Tech Center make healthy choices

Posted 14 April 2022 at 9:31 am

Provided photo: Layala Evans (Newfane) wears the goggles as her partner Makenna Elsenheimer (Royalton-Hartland) observes. Classmates Bailey Brewer (Royalton-Hartland), Che’Zahriah Mitchell (Lockport), Dylan Martin (Lockport) and Nasir Fountaine (Lockport) look on.

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Orleans Career and Technical Education Center students in the Security and Law Enforcement program recently conducted an experiment in class showing how impaired driving can affect your reflexes.

Teacher Dudley Gilbert had the students all work with a partner as they donned Fatal Vision Simulation Goggles. The goggles simulate specific impaired behaviors such as alcohol, drowsy and distracted driving, marijuana and opioid use.

Students attempted to walk a straight line as their partner walked by their side to make sure they did not hurt themselves.

“By experiencing the behavioral effects of impaired driving, my class is more aware and knowledgeable of the consequences associated with drinking and drugging while operating a motor vehicle,” said Mr. Gilbert.  “It will also help them if they become a police officer to note the reactions and coordination of a driver if they conduct a traffic stop.”

Distracted driving contributes to thousands of fatalities and serious injuries every year.