C.R.A.S.H. Coalition to Sponsor Young Driver Awareness Activities at South Carroll
Release Date: 9/11/2008 10:14:36 AM
The C.R.A.S.H. Coalition (Carroll Resources to Advance Safer Highways) is partnering with South Carroll High School to bring young driver awareness activities to students on Thursday, September 18, 2008. Students will rotate through randomly assigned stations and learn valuable driving skills.
Seniors will have an opportunity to experience the PA DUI Safety Bug, which has been custom engineered to demonstrate the loss of control one would experience if operating a motor vehicle while in an impaired state. The key difference is that it’s the car – not the driver – who is “drunk.” A trained mentor in the front passenger seat controls settings which cause the vehicle’s steering to lose its finesse and prompt the braking mechanisms to become unpredictable. The teen in the driver seat gains a firsthand glimpse of what it feels like to drive under the influence. In addition, the Maryland State Police will have a Seatbelt Convincer station. The Seatbelt Convincer simulates a crash at approximately 3-5 miles per hour. Students will experience the force of a low impact crash to help them understand the importance of proper seatbelt use.
Juniors will experience a safety simulator that allows them to drive safely under many diverse and adverse conditions, including snow, fog, and heavy traffic. The simulator allows students to feel firsthand how alcohol impairs the ability to steer and brake. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will operate a station where students will be able to wear fatal vision goggles as they attempt simple tasks such as walking a straight line or catching a ball. Fatal vision is a training tool used to vividly demonstrate the concept of impairment and the dangers of impaired driving.