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Darien Police to hold drunk driving simulation at high school

The Darien Police Department will be conducting a drunk driving simulation at Darien High School on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 8 to 2 p.m.  This is a one-day program presented by the Darien Police school resource officer that will help educate the students about the risks of driving while impaired by alcohol. It is part of the town’s observance of April as alcohol awareness month. The Darien Youth Commission has focused on raising awareness of youth alcohol abuse.

Several Darien Police Officers will be on hand for this event.  The presentation will include an instructional portion and then practical exercises using specially designed goggles that simulate impairment by reducing alertness and decreasing reaction time.  The goggles, purchased by the Darien Youth Commission, also create problems with depth perception and coordination and are a powerful tool that demonstrates the dangers of impairment.

Numerous students will be able to participate in this event.  Those with a driver’s license will have the opportunity to try and drive a golf cart and negotiate an obstacle course.  Those without a license will be able to participate in various other activities, such as standardized field sobriety tests.

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