Next week, the Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) will visit Dalton High School's Driver's Ed and Health classes to conduct a class on the dangers of drunk driving and texting whild driving. This is the eighth year the TEU has visited Dalton High to teach the course, nicknamed "Fatal Vision" after the goggles students wear to simulate alcohol impairment while driving.
Each year, more than 5,000 teenagers are killed in car crashes, making crashes the leading killer of teens. In an effort to curb serious injury crashes and fatalities, the TEU will show students some of the consequences of driving under the influence, speeding, and not wearing safety belts. Officers with the unit also stress the importance of putting cell phones down and the dangers associated with texting, talking on a cell phone or other distractions while in the operation of a motor vehicle. The TEU incorporated texting and driving into the program two years ago.
On Monday, the students will receive the classroom portion of the program and then Tuesday, officers will have the department's "Fatal Vision" golf cart on hand. A cone course will be set up and students are invited to attempt to maneuver through the cone course wearing Fatal Vision Goggles that represent what a driver experiences while driving under the influence, or texting on their cell phones. The idea is to demonstrate to teens just how dangerous it is to drive while under the influence or while distracted.