Dangers of Drunk Driving ‘Come to Life’ at Oak Glen High School

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With help from officials from the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABC), students at Oak Glen High School learned a lesson in drunk driving with a DUI simulator, physical demonstrations with goggles, and testimony from a mother who lost her son to drunk driving.

“It’s hands on. It’s right there. It’s in front of their face. They can see it with the goggles. Also, with the simulator, it’s right there and it’s them doing it. That’s the big thing. We are not talking about somebody else. We aren’t talking about what could happen. We are trying to keep it as real life as possible,” said Dan Pickens, WVABC Public Health Educator.

“Hearing from this and just having basic common sense, you shouldn’t drink and drive. It’s not recommended and it’s illegal so you have to follow the law. I think the students will obey around here,” said Oak Glen senior Will Hogan.

Jane Shuman, who lost her son, Willy, to a drunk driver in 2009, hopes that the program changes the way teens think.

“I couldn’t save him so I hope that I might be able to save another life by pointing out what happened to him and how you can keep it from happening to you.”

Shuman is asking all the students not to drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking and to always wear a seat belt.

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