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Crash Course Teaches Belleville High Students The Dangers Of Drunken Driving

Students participated in three motion exercises with and without DWI goggles to understand how alcohol impairs motor function.

Belleville High School students observe a fellow pupil operating the driving simulator during a drinking and driving crash course. Contributed photo.
Belleville High School students observe a fellow pupil operating the driving simulator during a drinking and driving crash course. Contributed photo.
One drink too many can be the difference between a safe ride home and a DUI, and students at Belleville High School got to experience that firsthand -- no alcohol required.

Educator at Belleville Deborah Strano hosted a drinking and driving crash course during the school's Wednesday Enrichment program May 7 in which students participated in various simulations with and without special DWI goggles.

Students operated and observed a driving simulator, attempted to walk a straight line and maneuvered around obstacles first without the glasses, then with them and discussed the differences observed between the two activities.

The crash course was part of Belleville's Stop Distracted Driving campaign, which includes students reading poems against drunken driving on WBHS television daily and signing pledges that they will not text and drive.

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