Over 350 Moon Area High School (MAHS) students participated in a Driving Expo on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, to learn about the dangers of driving under the influence.
The event took place in the high school gymnasium and LGI room, and all 10th grade students participated with smaller groups of students from grades 9, 11, and 12 .
Students were given the opportunity to complete a variety of activities while wearing simulation impairment goggles.
In the gym, students were able to drive pedal carts through a defined course wearing the goggles to demonstrate how their driving skill would be impacted when driving impaired. The pedal carts were brought in by the Moon Township Police Department. To help boost drug and alcohol prevention efforts, the carts were purchased by the police department using United States Department of Justice Drug Forfeiture Funds.
In the LGI room, students engaged in multiple activities that challenged their thinking, coordination, and motor skills under the influence. Seemingly simple tasks were difficult to complete with the simulation impairment goggles inhibiting critical cognitive abilities.
We would like to thank Officer Angela Zane (SRO), Moon Township Police Department, Mr. Martonik (SAP Coordinator), Moon Area High School Physical Education Department teachers, Moon Area SADD, Allegheny County Pretrial Services, Allegheny County Sheriff's Department, Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Children's Hospital and West Penn AAA for making this event possible.
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