Teens learn dangers of drunk driving with 'beer goggles'

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GREENE COUNTY, Va. (WCAV) -- The Greene County Sheriff's Office in Virginia taught teens about the dangers of drunk driving during the course of a two-week youth academy day camp.

On Tuesday, campers visited the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to learn more about driver safety.

The high school students witnessed a crash test and were made to complete a golf-cart driving course while wearing goggles that simulated the effects of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"It was very weird because the vision is like, completely shifted so I just kept running over cones and it was very difficult to even think about driving," said Noah Vann, a high school sophomore.

"I had no idea where I was," said fellow camper, Malorie Grubb. "All the cones were messed up and I had no idea what I was doing."

"We work accidents. We see a lot of the negative results from people speeding, texting and driving, drunk driving," said Sheriff Steve Smith.

"Certain goggles have different alcohol levels," said Deputy Jason Tooley. "The legal limit in Virginia is a .08 and you're arrested for DUI."

"I would never want to drink and drive just considering the vision of that," said Vann. "I got a headache just from having them on for like, two minutes."

"They said that if you close one eye it would work, but I tried that and it didn't work at all. I still hit a whole bunch of cones," added freshman, McKayla Carpenter.

Smith said he hopes students walked away with a hard lesson.

"Once something happens in a split second, that's something that you can't take back," he said.

The normally one-week camp was extended to two weeks due to high demand.

Other activities for the students will include a shooting range, regional jail tour and training academy.

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