Student Gerald Norris runs over several cones in an all-terrain vehicle, while wearing goggles to simulate drunken driving at night. Alfa Insurance agent Allen Walston tries to correct Norris.
Student Gerald Norris runs over several cones in an all-terrain vehicle, while wearing goggles to simulate drunken driving at night. Alfa Insurance agent Allen Walston tries to correct Norris.

ECHS students learn about dangers of drunk driving

Published 5:02pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Local Alfa Insurance agents and the Escambia County Farmers Federation teamed up Monday to bring awareness of the dangers of drunken driving to Escambia County High School.

The program allowed groups of sophomores to take a field sobriety test and drive an all-terrain vehicle, while wearing goggles to simulate the influence of alcohol.

The students had to try to walk a straight white line in the school’s parking lot, while wearing goggles that simulated a .07 to .10 blood-alcohol content (BAC) level. They also had to drive the ATV around a course marked with 50 cones. The goggles worn during the ATV test simulated night driving with a BAC level of .25.

“There are 50 cones on the course,” said Paul Brown, with the Alabama Farmers Federation. “The number of cones knocked down or hit determines a score.”

Student Gerald Norris took a spin in the ATV and was credited with knocking down a near-record 48 cones after he missed nearly half the course, which counted against him.

“It was kind of hard because I couldn’t see anything,” Norris said. “It looked purple and the stuff in front of me was more to the right.”

Norris said he was surprised he did so poorly on the course.

Brown said the record for most cones hit is 49 and the least he has seen in four years of the program is five.

Atmore Alfa agent Allen Walston said this is the first year the program has come to ECHS.

“This is a good program,” he said. “It’s fun and they laugh, but it also raises awareness.”

 

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