How can you know how dangerous it is to drink and drive unless you experience it yourself? You’d have to actually drive with double vision, coordination issues, and mind fog before you realize that one or two drinks can affect your driving in ways you could never imagine.
Actually drinking and driving isn’t something you want to experiment with, but the next best thing is close at hand—the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation’s (NLC) Responsible Choices program lets you experience exactly what it’s like to drink and drive without the risk.
It’s fun, it’s safe, and all you have to do is step up to the pedal cart, put on a special pair of goggles, and you’ll experience drunk driving. Recent participants including newscasters and high school students, and no one had an easy time driving the pedal cart. Although the drivers were surprised at how hard it was to drive, the real eye opener was for the passengers—one person commented that there’s no way she’d want to be in a car with a real drunk driver after watching her driver mow down pylons and swerve in the lane. People who choose to do the test can also take part in field sobriety tests led by police officers including walking a straight line and throwing a ball back and forth.
The program will be touring the province, and it’s all part of Newfoundland’s strategy to reduce alcohol-related deaths. The province has really put the effort into fighting against impaired driving and they’ve seen an increase in impaired driving arrests since 2001. But one alcohol-related crash is still one too many, and the Responsible Choices program is making people think before they drink.
If you’d like to participate in the Responsible Choices program and bring it to location near you, you can contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation via their website.
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