Event held by Hampden County DA educates drivers on dangers of impaired driving

Hampden County

A discussion on the dangers of impaired driving in Springfield Thursday night.

Impaired driving incidents brought dozens of people out to the Basketball Hall of Fame Thursday night.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni hosted the 4th Stop the Swerve event, which aims to educate young drivers, parents, and teachers on the dangers of distracted, drugged and drunk driving.

Gullini told 22News the legalization of marijuana only intensifies these dangers.

Mentor Kevin Green said, “As we speak right now, he’s in driving school. So it’s very important for him to come here and learn the effects and see that it’s very important not to text and drive or drink and drive.”

During the Stop the Swerve event, attendees had the chance to operate driving simulators while using impairment goggles. 

High school students also submitted original Public Service Announcements or billboards in a competition to win grant money for their school.

The theme was the dangers of driving while impaired. The submissions were highlighted at the event.

Minnechaug Regional High School won a $7,500 grant with their PSA, and Springfield Conservatory of the Arts received at $5,000 grant for their original billboard.

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