High school students get sobering view of impaired driving

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CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Experience is known as the best teacher, but there are some experiences that would leave more scars than the lesson might be worth.

Now one school in the east is armed with a new set of goggles to teach students about a deadly reality.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office, along with 33 donors from across the country, is helping students from Croatan High School gain a new perspective and avoid making a tragic decision.

A crowdfunding campaign helped the school raise $600 to purchase six new drug and alcohol impairment goggles.

The sheriff's office presents a drug and alcohol education class to all the freshman at the high school where they talk about the dangers of driving under the influence.

The school's resource officer, Lt. Fred Meadows, says these goggles help students understand firsthand the tragic consequences of a bad decision.

"Hopefully they will go through this program with us and see how their reactions are different when they are under the influence of something like this and learn a valuable lesson," he says.

Meadows says he will test the students' motor skills by making them walk in a line and shake their hands while wearing a pair of the goggles.

He says the six goggles are all a little different and show what it's like to be impaired by alcohol, marijuana, or even drowsy driving.

Freshmen at Croatan High School will be able to use these brand new goggles when Meadows visits their health and gym classes this semester.