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Fox Meadow Students Learn About Safe Driving

A Fox Meadow High School student takes a virtual drive home, using Westchester County’s drunk driving simulator. The simulator was brought to the campus by the county Department of Public Safety.
A Fox Meadow High School student takes a virtual drive home, using Westchester County’s drunk driving simulator. The simulator was brought to the campus by the county Department of Public Safety. Photo Credit: Submitted

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Fox Meadow High School students recently learned about safe driving with two special tests during Prevention Day.

Students donned "drunk vision" goggles and attempted to walk in a straight line with one foot in front of the other. Each student failed.

Next, the students played a video game-like driving simulator to take a virtual drive home. They went off the road, drove too slowly on the highway and local roads and narrowly escaped crashing into guardrails and road signs in the drunk driving simulator.

“It was fun and eye-opening,” said one student. “I didn’t think driving drunk would be as hard as it was until I tried it on the simulator. It shows that you shouldn’t drink and drive.”

Students also had the opportunity to see what happens to a car after a serious crash and have a picture taken in a photo booth with positive slogans.

“We wanted to offer some serious exhibits and something fun to bring home the message that driving while impaired is dangerous,” said Mary Ann Flatley, student assistance counselor. “We also wanted to dispel some of the myths around drinking and driving or getting high and driving.”

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