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Police Teach Dangers of Drunk Driving

Washington Township Police officers had students at Westwood Jr./Sr. High School drive a golf cart while wearing goggles to simulate intoxication for the hands-on DWI prevention program.

With the prom coming up next week and graduation following only two weeks later, Washington Township Police Officer Vincent Montalbano and Police Lt. Greg Hackbarth wanted to teach students at about the risks and dangers of driving while intoxicated.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among teenagers, according to Washington Township Police.

The police brought a hands-on program to the school, in which students drove golf carts through a traffic course while wearing goggles to simulate intoxication. After they drove the course, the students were put through a field sobriety test.

Rich’s Automotive, of Emerson, also donated a wrecked car which is currently on display in front of the school.

The Township of Washington and Westwood Municipal Alliance sponsored the program.

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JB2011 June 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
A great reminder for all of us! I wish they could create something that would show the kids how dangerous it is to drive and text too!

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