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Sober Students See and Feel What it's Like to Drink and Drive

LAPD's Sober Graduation Program hopes to prevent celebratory drinking and driving in Granada Hills.

Kennedy High School was the first stop for the LAPD's 2012 Sober Graduation Program, featuring a drunk driving simulation course.

"We reach out at this time of the year to remind the kids and say have a good time, but do it sober," said LAPD Captain Maureen Ryan.

Officers say when celebrating prom and graduation, more students than usual drink and drive. The test course is designed to steer them away from getting behind the wheel after a night of partying.

"The best way and the most prudent way to stop this, is just don't do it. This crime, and it is a crime, is 100 percent preventable," added LAPD Captain Ivan Minsal.

As part of the program, the use of "fatal vision" goggles change the student drivers perception, showing them what it would be like to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.25.

Students wore the goggles and then had to navigate through the pylon course.

"To me, driving this narrow route, track, I'm really nervous!" said student Arielle Pasco. "And imagine me actually being drunk and driving it."

They were also shown disturbing images of real-life alcohol and drug related crashes, and a wrecked car was displayed in the basketball courts.

"I'm only seventeen. I don't have a license yet but it's an impact you know, on students about what's gonna happen if you come to that situation," Student Body President Brenda Sifontes said.

The LAPD hopes that if they find themselves in a dangerous situation, they'll remember hitting those pylons.


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