“Stop the Swerve” event aims to discourage impaired driving

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gullini hosted the 3rd annual “Stop the Swerve” event Wednesday night at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

The event featured interactive displays in an effort to prevent impaired and distracted driving. Drunk driving simulators and “impairment goggles” were available for young drivers to simulate impaired operation.

DA Gullini told 22News why this event targets youth. “We’re teaching them about what can happen if you don’t comport yourself appropriately. If you drink or drug and drive. That’s an important message, but we’re also giving them these interactive displays with State Troopers and Springfield Police officers.”

Earlier this year, local high school students created Public Service Announcements highlighting the dangers of impaired driving. Westfield High School won the night’s PSA contest, and will be awarded $10,000 dollars to upgrade the school’s technological equipment.

The winning PSA will air on 22News.

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