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Drunk & Distracted Driving on display

D'auria Sales (left) and Mariah Slaughter D'auria Sales (left) and Mariah Slaughter
Lt. Rob Rodriguez, Moultrie Police Department Lt. Rob Rodriguez, Moultrie Police Department
Hamilton Hogan, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Event Organizer Hamilton Hogan, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Event Organizer
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Some Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College students get a realistic lesson on the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.  ABAC police, Tift County Sheriff's Deputies, and Moultrie Police say eye opening demonstrations save lives. 

Officers say alcohol abuse among college students is a major problem, and they want to keep roads like this safe and prevent a tragedy.      Driving a golf cart between these cones may look simple enough, but it's harder than you might expect.   

"Really disorienting. I couldn't see at all. I felt really off,"   said Mariah Slaughter, an ABAC Music Major.  Slaughter is one of the many ABAC students who tried to navigate a small course while wearing beer goggles.  

"It's not fun, and like of the guys said, I could have potentially driven into a ditch or hit people," said D'auria Sales, a Criminal Justice Major.    The sobering lesson is one of many demonstrations for the second Kappa Sigma "My Brother's Keeper."  

"What we're trying to do today is give the students here a simulation of what it would be like if you were actually under the influence," said Lt. Rob Rodriguez, of the Moultrie Police Department.   

Organizers say the three hour event prevents drunk driving through first hand experience.   "It's hard to do it, I'll tell you that. Even the walk the line thing over there, you can't stand the line," said Hamilton Hogan, Kappa Sigma Fraternity Member and Event Organizer.   

"Everybody will say yeah I know what it's like, I know what it's like, but then when they put the goggles on, they're like 'Oh my God, I didn't know this happens,'"  said Rodriguez.  

I tried to walk a straight line with beer goggles simulating what my balance and vision would be at double the legal alcohol limit for driving, and could barely walk.  

"Don't drink and drive.  It's really stupid. It costs you about $10,000 for the DUI and it saves lives," said Hogan.  

Other lessons centered on distracted driving. "Anything to do with texting, you know, trying to change the CD or turning your radio, you know, we're promoting the idea that that can wait,"  said Rodriguez.    

It's simple advice to stay safe behind the wheel. Organizers say they had a better turnout this year.  They hope to convince students to make sure they have a designated driver if they plan to drink.

 

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