Bloom Trail Express
D.U.I Thursday, May 19, 2011 By Erin Durish
When staring at the ground, the first thing someone sees is their feet right beneath them, but the moment Fatal Vision Goggles on, is the moment when everything looks out of place, as if the world was spinning in circles. On April 26, 2011, officers were asked to bring in Fatal Vision Goggles for the Drivers Education students to wear. After some of the students tested out the goggles, I decided to test them out myself and I could not even handle wearing them. “When I drove with the goggles on it was really dizzy and was harder than what I thought,” Said junior Ashley Haynes. “When I had the goggles, everything was curved, it wasn’t anything I expected. “ Haynes was not the only person who saw everything change when wearing the goggles. When I took the balance test and walked the line, the line had curved to my right and it seemed as if I was walking in a circle. “It was really hard to keep my balance. I could not see straight, and when the officer had me stand on one leg and look at the ground while my arms were at my sides, I thought I was going to fall over,” Said senior Tiffany Williams. The Fatal Goggles gave students an idea on how drinking can affect a person’s balance and sight. “I really wasn’t expecting the drive to be like the way it was. I thought it would be somewhat normal, but it ended up being really hard. I swerved out of the path we were supposed to drive on, and hit the cones.” Haynes said. After wearing the goggles I got the chance to see through the eyes of someone who has been drinking and driving. I will now think twice before getting into a car with someone who is under the influence, or making the choice to drink and drive myself. After the things I saw while wearing the goggles, it makes me wonder what someone is seeing when they have been drinking.