FHP Auxiliary Lieutenant Albert Twist entices a University of Florida student
to throw a softball in an attempt to dunk Auxiliary Trooper Matias Perez, but there’s a catch.
The student has to wear special goggles that simulate being under the influence of alcohol.
Lieutenant Mike Burroughs and Auxiliary Lieutenant Albert Twist recently visited the University of Florida Campus with a Dunk the Trooper booth they set up to encourage students not to drink and drive. Lt. Burroughs and FHPA Lt. Twist attempted to show the need to use designated drivers by showing students the effects of alcohol on vision and judgment. To better demonstrate these effects, they used a dunking booth with a trooper perched on a chair above a tank of water while students put on pairs of DUI Fatal Vision goggles. Wearing the special goggles that simulate drunkenness, students took turns pitching the softball to strike the metal target and dunk the trooper.
This UF student’s softball throw was nowhere near the target to dunk the trooper,
and, in fact, was 15 feet left of the striking area; thus demonstrating how it is possible
for a drunk driver to drive on the opposite side of the road, thinking he is on the right side.
FHP's Dunk the Trooper was a huge splash at the University of Florida Safety Fair, drawing hundreds of students as they attempted time after to time to dunk the waiting trooper. As students stopped to watch, troopers took the opportunity to explain the dangers of drinking and driving. Lt. Burroughs also used his famous Egg in-a-Jar demonstration to explain the internal injuries that can occur in a crash without the use of a seat belt.
Auxiliary Lt. Twist challenges a group of UF students to take the challenge
not to drink and drive, designate a driver, and not to let their friends drive while intoxicated.
FHP received many positive comments from the university students regarding the effectiveness of the interactive displays. Many students stated that they never realized the effect a crash could have on a person’s internal organs if a seat belt is not used. The FHP hopes the message Arrive Alive – Don’t Drink & Drive reaches the college-age drivers as well as other Florida motorists.