The Dalton Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit conducted Fatal Vision classes at Dalton High School on May 18th and 19th. The two day course consisted of classroom instruction and a hands-on driving simulation.
During the classroom portion of the program, officers spoke to the students about the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The officers also spoke to the students about traffic laws pertaining to teenage drivers, including restrictions on class CP and class D licenses. On the second day, a cone course was set up and students, wearing Fatal Vision Goggles, attempted to drive a golf cart through the course. The golf cart exercise was used to illustrate how a driver’s vision is impaired while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The purpose of the class was 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. Car crashes are the number one killer of young adults across the country due to the lack of driving experience and, in some cases, the addition of alcohol and drugs into the mix.
The Fatal Vision course can be conducted for any organization in the community. To schedule the Fatal Vision course, contact the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085 extension 124.