Mepham Learns About Dangers of Drunk & Distracted Driving [VIDEO]

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Deanna Buzzetta, a freshman at Mepham High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, fumbled with a child’s shape-sorting toy in the school parking lot on April 30. Normally, she wouldn’t have a problem but this time she was wearing goggles designed to simulate visual impairment.

“My peripheral vision was impaired,” she noted. “It took me longer to get the pieces in the correct hole.” 

During this exercise, which is part of the Arrive Alive Tour, students are educated about the dangers of impaired driving, as well as distracted driving.

A driving simulator video game allows students to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving in a controlled environment.

“The simulator allows students to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving in a controlled environment,” said Wendy Tepfer, director of the Community Parent Center, which was responsible for bringing this interactive program to the school.

They were also offered simple stacking and sorting games to complete.
“The students always come up and say right away, ‘oh this will be easy,’” said Tepfer. “After completing a sorting or stacking task, they are stunned by how difficult such a seemingly simple toy becomes nearly impossible to navigate while simulating intoxication or impairment.”

The Seatbelt Convincer, operated by New York State Troopers, is an educational tool that allows riders to experience force, up to five times their body weight, similar to that of a 5-7mph crash.

“It was scary to see the impact even though we were going so slow,” said freshman Kayla Menendez.