Photo/Story Gallery 2004

FHP and ACSO Promote Drug & Alcohol Awareness

FHPA Trooper Larry Dickey explaining the effects of alcohol on vision and judgment.One participant trying to put the basketball in the goal while wearing the DUI Vision Goggles.Troop B of the Florida Highway Patrol recently partnered with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to promote Drug and Alcohol Awareness.

Pictured left: FHPA Trooper Larry Dickey explains the effects of alcohol on vision and judgment. Pictured right: Why can’t I make it? Could it be the effect of the DUI Vision Goggles?

Lt. Mike Burroughs called upon the FHP Troop B Auxiliary unit to assist him in educating motorists about the effects of alcohol on a person’s normal faculties. With the assistance of DUI Fatal Vision Goggles, a basketball with a goal, and a softball, motorists who visited this event were easily convinced.

A pair of “DUI Fatal Vision Goggles” were donated to FHP Troop B by Robert’s Insurance Company located in Starke, Florida. The goggles are designed to simulate the visual and perception impairment of a person who has a blood alcohol level of 0.17 and 0.08. When the goggles are placed on a participant, they immediately feel the effects of impairment upon their vision and depth perception. Lt. Burroughs set up an adult and child size basketball goal to allow volunteers wearing the goggles to try their skill at “shooting basketball” while wearing the goggles. Needless to say, no one made the basket while wearing the goggles. The event immediately became a big hit with people waiting in line to participate in this exhibit and they left with a keen awareness of the effects of alcohol on the faculties of the human body.

The participant removing the goggles after her failed attempt at making the goal.FHPA Trooper Dickey assisting a participant in 'Walking the Line' while wearing the DUI Fatal Vision Goggles.

Pictured left, the participant removes the goggles after her failed attempt at making the goal and right, FHPA Trooper Larry Dickey assists a participant in “Walking the Line” while wearing the DUI Fatal Vision Goggles.

Of course, everybody wanted to attempt to “Walk-the-Line” while wearing the DUI Fatal Vision Goggles. All were amazed that they were unable to balance or “walk-the-line” smoothly without using their arms.

The DUI Fatal Vision goggles are an excellent visual aid in educating the motoring public on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.