Students in Lee County, Georgia, Learn About Vehicle Safety
LEE COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story reported by wfxl.com, high school students in Lee County, Georgia, recently received a lesson in vehicle safety. Officials with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety visited the students to teach them about the dangers of drunk driving and of not wearing a seat belt.*
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) traveled to Lee County High School on May 14 to show students what it’s like to be involved in a drunk driving car accident and to be unrestrained when an accident occurs. Officials brought simulators with them to show students how a car accident feels and what happens when a person is not wearing a seat belt during an accident.
In addition, GOHS brought its “drunk goggles,” which simulate the blurry visual effects of alcohol impairment. Students tried the goggles on and attempted to complete an obstacle course while driving a golf cart. The exercises are important for this high school in particular, as the school has lost seven students to car accidents since 2000, the WFXL report says.
“We want them to get a good look at it, know what’s going on, and be able to make good decisions once they do get behind the wheel,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Director Roger Hayes. “So far this year, over 80 kids in this age group have died on our highways, and we wanna reverse that trend.”
The visit to Lee County High School is one of many that GOHS performs each year. The agency sends people to high schools across the state in an effort to reduce vehicle accidents among teens.
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