Local ‘Think and Drive’ Campaign Educates Teens About the Dangers of Distracted Driving and Substance Consumption

According to the Valley Record, 500 students at Mount Si High School assembled this spring for the ASB sponsored annual Think and Drive event.

Students participated in a golf cart obstacle course, which simulated the dangers of texting and distracted driving, and later strapped on alcohol-simulating goggles to gain perspective from various levels of intoxication.

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The Think and Drive assembly has been held for more than a decade, geared towards students prepping for prom.  Think and drive events include this year’s field exercise, as well as a mock crash with participation from state troopers.

For legal reasons, law enforcement officers can’t exactly tell students the benefit of having a designated driver, so they left students with a no-drinking message.

Officers urged that there is a zero-tolerance policy for any underage drinking or drug use, and reminded students that any passengers under the age of 21 with a designated driver can get cited for any level or kind of intoxication, whether it’s marijuana or alcohol.

The students were shown the DUI mobile unit parked on-site to see the holding cell and breathalyzers.  Officers said this unit will be around all summer, especially for big events, and wanted to give students a chance to see what it looked like from the inside.

One officer stated that the purpose of the Think and Drive assembly was “so they can really start seeing some effects (driving impaired) can have on the rest of their lives.  It’s important to teach them the dangers of drinking and drive, along with distracted driving.”

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