Freeholder H. James Polos
Provides Students With A Sobering Opportunity
Over 50 driving age students from the East Brunswick Vocational-Technical High School were given a risk free opportunity Tuesday, June 18, to experience the effects alcohol consumption has on a motorist.
This was the second safe driving, don't drink and drive initiative developed by Freeholder H. James Polos, chairman of the county's department of highways and bridges, in his continuing campaign to promote increased caution by young drivers on the highly traveled road networks in the county. The previous program involved student produced video promos focusing on the
consequences of driving while under the influence.
Tuesday's program was conducted at the Vo-Tech campus and was co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Police, East Brunswick Police and Mother's Against Drunk Driving, (MADD).
Joining Polos in the launching of the program was Freeholder Director David B. Crabiel.
It started in the school auditorium with a video production provided by State Police dealing with the drunk driving death of a teenager and remarks regarding the consequences of making bad choices, drinking at any age and then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. The students then voluntarily participated in a number of activities using "fatal vision goggles" which distort the user's vision, providing them with an example of how alcohol can impair their sight and judgment. Among the activities available was navigating an orange coned driving course in a motorized golf cart in the company of a state trooper, first without and then using the goggles.
The program, the first of its kind in New Jersey, was so well received by all, participants included, that the State Police have asked Polos and the County to take it on the road and bring it to locations in Ocean County.
While those plans are being worked out, Polos said the intention is to renew this opportunity at other high schools around Middlesex County when classes resume in September.