Statistics show that roughly one-third of alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities occur between April and June- the peak of prom and graduation season.
That is why the Fairfax County Police Department partnered with Fairfax County Public Schools for its spring alcohol and drug awareness event. While wearing physical impairment goggles students were tested on tasks such as driving a wheelchair through a cone course. The activities were designed to mimic the physical and visual effects of having a blood alcohol level content of .08 or greater.
“The goal is for them to not take risks behind the wheel. Not to make selfish acts such as DWI or DUI…just to have them make wise decisions,” Det. Clinton Beach, DWI Coordinator for Fairfax County Police Department.
“There’s always a concern about alcohol use and now the texting with the teens,” Betsy Shomaker, Student Services personnel at Langley High School said. “Statistics show that students and teens really aren’t drinking and driving as much as they used to with the advent of Uber and things but they’re texting and driving at a much greater rate,” she added.
The dangers of the impaired driving program continue tomorrow for junior and seniors at Langley High School.