A new study shows the average number of drunk driving crashes has increased by 16 percent a day, for teenagers between the age of 16-19. Another chilling fact, that percentage is continuing to rise. In the U.S between 2010-2014, more than 5,000 teens died from drunk driving, according to CNN report.
Sergeant Edward Gimple with the Pratt Police Department says these numbers must come down, and he’s hoping to do that for Kansan’s with a new educational program.
“I applied for a grant from Walmart for $2,500,” said Sergeant Gimple. “Last week, we were able to start our program with these impaired goggles.”
Dozens of Pratt High school students experienced what it would be like to drive under the influence of marijuana and alcohol.
“This is for cannabis,” said Sergeant Gimple. “These are .08, .15 and this one is like totally wasted.”
One by one, students got their chance to decide if it’d be easier to drive sober or under the influence.
“This was a great experience for them,” said Sergeant Gimple. “This is a serious thing but we were able to have a little fun with it.”
Fun that Sergeant Gimple says he hopes translates into knowledge.
“I’m thinking these kids are going to think about this for a while, for a long time, and hopefully, it will take some of our DUI drivers, off the street,” said Sergeant Gimple.
The Pratt Police Department tells KSN they will continue these course throughout the year and hope other police departments will do the same.