The Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) will be conducting its "Fatal Vision" course at Dalton High School in November in conjunction with the school’s Drivers Ed Program. The program will take place over two days with students in classroom setting the first day. On the second day, students will drive a golf cart wearing "Fatal Vision Goggles" or texting as they try to maneuver through a cone course. The TEU will be at Dalton High on November 1st and 4th.
During the classroom portion of the program, officers from the TEU will speak to the students about the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the dangers of distracted driving. The officers will also speak to the students about traffic laws pertaining to teenage drivers, including class CP and class D driving licenses. On the second day, students will be given the option to drive the golf cart through a cone course wearing "Fatal Vision Goggles," which distort perception to simulate alcohol impairment, or while texting on a cell phone. The golf cart exercise is used to illustrate how a driver’s ability to drive is impaired while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or how texting or distracted driving can lead to serious consequence.
Approximately 5,000 teen drivers die each year on our roadways, making car crashes the leading killer of teens between the ages of 16 and 20. Crashes kill more teens each year than homicide, suicide and disease combined. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,16% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in a fatality crash were reported to have been distracted while driving.
The Dalton Police Department will conduct its "Fatal Vision" class or cover how distracted driving affects our community at the request of any organization. Any one interested in having the "Fatal Vision" class or having an officer speak to their group about distracted driving can contact Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085, ext 124.
Below: TEU Officer Steve Zahn leads a participant through the cone course on the "Fatal Vision" golf cart (click image to see a larger version)