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“Fatal Vision”: SRPD Instructs Class About Dangers of DUI and Distracted Driving

Participants were able to look at the SRPD motorcycles up close.

On Tuesday, August 29, the Salt River Police Department hosted an instructional class about the dangers of DUI and distracted driving, called, “Fatal Vision.”

Junior lifeguards from the Lehi Aquatic Center learned about the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving through the collaborative partnership with the SRPD’s Traffic Enforcement Bureau (TEB) and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department.

This was more than just a classroom instruction or lecture — the program gave students an interactive way to experience the conditions that drunk drivers face on the road. SRPD Off. Ryan McMorris, Off. Forrest Wood and Off. Jeremy Council discussed the dangers of drunk driving and demonstrated to students, through the use of impairment-simulating goggles called “drunk goggles,” how very dangerous driving under the influence and distracted driving can be.

The attendees took part in a field sobriety test to check their balance and ability to walk a straight line. The first attempt involved walking a straight line normally, without the drunk goggles. On the second try, they were tasked with walking the straight line while wearing the goggles. Of course, the results were much different. This interactive exchange and real-time experience was literally “eye-opening”!

The students also had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the official SRPD motorcycles, including the secrets of radar devices and operating the lights and sirens.

Tatsu Nakamura from the SRPMIC Recreation Department wrote the following :

“I wanted to let you know that I really appreciated you, Off. McMorris, Off. Wood and Off. Jeremy Council, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to provide us the outstanding presentation and the tour of the vehicles for our Lehi Aquatic Center Junior Lifeguard Program participants and the staff on Tuesday night. I know that everyone enjoyed the presentation and the tour, based on the feedback that I received from the participants and the staff after we returned to Lehi Aquatic Center. I believe it was a rare and unique opportunity for the participants and the staff to interact with the police officers who work in the Community in an up- close- and-personal, and positive, environment.”

According to SRPD Chief Karl G. Auerbach, “This new SRPD community-based policing program instructed by our SRPD motorcycle officers provides students an interactive and realistic experience of what the effects are upon DUI and distracted drivers. We hope our class and the students’ firsthand experiences will help them make the wisest choice and decision when driving: never, ever give in to DUI or distracted driving. It’s just not worth risking your life or others. Drive and Arrive Safely!”

The SRPD Traffic Enforcement Bureau is available to demonstrate the dangers of impaired driving with the “Fatal Vision“ goggles. Contact Det. Orhan Jakupi at (480) 362-6309 to schedule a demonstration for your next event.