South Hadley H.S. students receive crash course on drunk driving

Hampshire County

More than 200 students experienced how it feels to drive under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. 

For the 7th year, students wore fatal vision goggles while driving a golf cart through a course meant to mimic the feeling and perceptions of driving impaired.

Consuming alcohol prior to driving greatly increases the risk of an accident.

“It’s kinda scary to think that those people are on the road at the same time as we’re driving,” sophomore Eric Bergeron told 22News. “To think that us innocently driving to a friend’s house, we could get hit by a car of somebody drinking and driving, it’s very dangerous.”

Massachusetts’ maximum legal blood alcohol level is 0.08 percent. If you’re under 21-years-old, it’s 0.02.

South Hadley is reminding its students that 28 people die in drunk-driving crashes every day.

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