Students go through DUI obstacle course to learn lessons in pedestrian safety


Local high school students went through a DUI obstacle course Friday, taking with them a lesson in pedestrian safety.

Drive Smart Colorado and American Medical Response teamed up at Manitou Springs High School to show students how quickly poor judgment can be made when it comes to being intoxicated.

The obstacle course was made possible through DUI goggles that were given to students.

“The legal limit is .05 percent,” Laura Kent, a paramedic with American Medical Response, said. “These glasses start at .07 percent and then they went up to .20 percent.”

Students quickly realized it was hard to walk in a straight line and veered to the left frequently.

“It was weird because if you look at it now there’s a straight line, but when you have the goggles on it looks like more of a crescent shape,” Tiffany Charneski, a student at Manitou Springs High School, said.

Kent explained there is a reason for why so many students kept veering left.

“Your brain shifts you to the left,” Kent said. “All our drivers that are drunk cross that center line and trying to have them go to the right was a tough task for them.”

CAPS Volunteers with Drive Smart Colorado were also at Manitou Springs High School Friday teaching students the importance of buckling up. Students were able to try out the Seat Belt Convincer, which mimics a car crash at seven miles per hour.

“They usually get on thinking seven miles per hour is nothing until they hit the bottom and it’s quite an experience for them,” said Rose Bills, a CAPS Volunteer with Drive Smart Colorado.

The demonstrations Friday were all part of AMR’s High School Challenge.

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