These carts are “Drunk Busters”
They’re the newest tool the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office is using to show students at Wheeling Park High School the dangers of driving under the influence.
“It’s just to experience what it feels like to be on different drugs and different levels of alcohol,” said Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard.
Students wore fatal vision goggles to impair their vision while navigating an obstacle course so they could experience the varying effects of drinking or doing drugs and driving.
“It’s a new thing. We got them through a grant so it didn’t cost us anything,” Sheriff Howard explained. “We got more fatal vision goggles and the drunk buster carts. They’re four wheel carts so they can pedal them around and they don’t get hurt, but they get to experience oh my this is what it could be like.”
The students also take a class before the activity.
“You can talk about it a lot in class,but when you have them actually do it, it brings everything physically together,” said Sheriff Howard, reinforcing the impact of this activity.
The demonstrations began with the freshman class on Thursday.
“Right now they’re working through the Drivers Ed classes so they get to work with that teacher and they come out,” said Sheriff Howard. “They’re getting ready to drive and they get to experience these and find out how much more it can effect them.”
The “Drunk Buster” carts will be stationed at the high school for now, but can be moved to teach other Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) classes to younger students.