COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The senior class at Columbia High School spent some time behind the wheel Thursday.
"We put on the beer goggles and drove a golf cart through the obstacle course," said one student.
The goggles simulate the effects of alcohol and the students quickly learned that navigating the course was nearly impossible.
"It's okay when you hit the cones," said Officer Andrew Reid, Columbia Police Department. "It's not okay when you hit one of your friends coming out of a party."
Car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers. Of these fatal accidents, about 25% involve a teen drunk driver. The number of high schoolers that drink and drive has decreased in recent decades but there's still a lot of work to be done.
The youth highway safety specialist from DREAM, Inc. attended the event as well, relaying statistics and educating students on the dangers of drunk driving, distracted driving, and neglecting to wear a seat belt.
"We're reaching across the lines to let them know that we're out here for their safety." said Captain Justin McKenzie of CPD. "Because I don't want to have to deliver a bad message to their family."