Middle School Kids Learn Life Lesson With DUI Simulator

By Brett Baldeck | 

Eighth graders at Moss Middle School learned the dangers of DUI with some new technology. A "Hands on Student Simulation" illustrated how driving under the influence impacts everyone on the road.

"Most people killed or injured are not the people drinking or driving. It is usually the people riding with them in the car that get into accidents they cause. We are trying to get them to understand how important it is if they go with somebody not to get in the car if it's someone who has been under the influence of drugs or alcohol," says Wayne Alexander from the Kentucky Crime Prevention Coalition.

And Kentucky State Police say some parents drive under the influence with kids in the car.

"Yes, yes. Especially younger kids who are in car seats and unable to really make that judgment for themselves. Of course mommy and daddy go out and take the kids with them," says Officer Brian Jones.

To prevent such incidents kids strapped on goggles to simulate being impaired with drugs or alcohol. They got behind the wheel, had field sobriety tests and tested their motor skills.

Things didn't go so well.

"If you try to go straight you are pretty much just walking to the left or right or something like that. You can't even walk straight," says student Collin Whittaker.

It seems easy right? Well it was time for me to give it a try.

After taking out countless cones in my driving test, having a complete whiff in basketball and falling over during my field sobriety test I was placed under arrest.

Although it all seems like fun and games, police hope kids learn a valuable lesson.

"We encourage them to call 911 or call their local police. We want to come out and get them a safe ride home to encourage them they don't have to get in the car with somebody who has been drinking," says Officer Chris Duke.

Students say they hope for more lessons like this that get them out of the classroom.

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