SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana State Troopers went to Sulphur High on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to teach students the harsh reality of drinking and driving with a DUI simulator.
Of course, no alcohol was used. A driving course was designed with orange cones on the football field and students, along with troopers, had to drive a golf cart around the cones while wearing goggles that impaired their vision.
"I thought I could drive with them on, but I missed almost every cone," Sulphur High sophomore Danika Bergeron said. "I thought I passed it and it's hard to drink and drive."
Louisiana State Trooper Srgt. James Anderson said the hardest part of his job is telling someone their loved one has been injured or killed by a drunk driver.
"If we can keep that from happening by being here today and keep from arresting these people, then we've done our job," Anderson said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, with one out of three of those crashes being alcohol related.
"I don't know how I'd live with myself if I ended up doing something like that to somebody," Sulphur High sophomore Tori Favre said. "I'd feel really really bad."
Along with the driving course, troopers also had the students walk a straight line while wearing the goggles.
"I didn't know what I was doing. I mean, you see double of everything," Sulphur High senior Nathan Mooney said. "You just can't tell anything."