November 10, 2010

‘Fatal Vision’ classes start today

“Fatal Vision,” the annual effort to warn teenage drivers about the dangers of impaired driving, will be conducted today and Friday at Dalton High School by the Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit. The DHS Drivers Ed program partners in the project.

“The two-day program reaches out to about 150 students,” said Officer Steve Zahn with the Traffic Enforcement Unit. “Students will be in the classroom the first day and on the second day will be allowed to drive a golf cart, wearing Fatal Vision goggles.”

During the classroom portion, officers will speak about the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and texting while driving. The officers will also speak to the students about traffic law pertaining to teenage drivers, including Class CP and Class D driving licenses.  

On the second day, a cone course will be set up and students — wearing the goggles — will attempt to drive a golf cart through the course. The golf cart exercise is used to illustrate how a driver’s vision is impaired while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“The purpose of the class is to get students to understand the consequences of drinking alcohol or using drugs and then getting behind the wheel of an automobile, or being a passenger of a friend or family member that is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” Zahn said. “Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of young adults across the country, due to the lack of driving experience, and in some cases the addition of alcohol and drugs to the mix.”

The department will conduct the classes at the request of any organization in the community. Anyone interested in the Fatal Vision class can contact the Traffic Enforcement Unit at (706) 278-9085, extension 124.


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