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Interactive Driving Awareness Program for Students

"And bringing the point home that one bad decision will not only change their live but could change the lives of their community, family members, and potential any victims at their hands," said Carly Hose, Washington County Sheriff's Office.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - This isn't your average health class. It's a new partnership with Clear Spring High School and the Washington County Sheriff's Office teaching sophomores the literal dangers of impaired driving.

"Washington County is starting an initiative to try to reduce fatalities in the county, not necessary all alcohol based but we are trying to do that and this is one of the ways to reach out to a younger demographic," said Carly Hose, Deputy First Class for the Washington County Sheriff's Office

School officials say they were inspired by a similar course from another high school and wanted their students to learn these lessons in an interactive way.

First, students took a drive in a figure-eight course without any impairments. Then, they took a second ride using fatal vision goggles that represent various levels of alcohol intake.

"They have the teachers talking about physiological affects of alcohol and drugs and then we can talk about real life, what the consequences will be if they made that poor decision and got behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired," said Hose.

And both school officials and deputies want this partnership to continue in the future.

"Hopefully make sure that every sophomore goes through and eventually every student that attends clear spring high school," said James Aleshire, Principal at Clear Spring High School.

"And bringing the point home that one bad decision will not only change their live but could change the lives of their community, family members, and potential any victims at their hands," said Hose.

This program will continue next semester for clear spring sophomores, but school officials hope this driving awareness program could be taught at every school.

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