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Local News Personality Demonstrates Dangers of Drunk Driving

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Oct 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

Washington State Patrol uses "DUI Goggles" to simulate impaired driving

Driving while impaired is an extremely dangerous exercise, and one local reporter recently emphasized that point with a sobering hand-on demonstration. KING 5's Christie Johnson recently visited Washington State Patrol headquarters in Bellevue to try driving while impaired on a test course. She wore a pair of “DUI goggles,” a pair of glasses that simulates what the world looks like with a blood alcohol level over .08.

In the demonstration, Christie drove a golf cart through a path of orange cones, and admittedly found it very difficult to stay between the lines. Along the way, she bumped into some cones and ran over at least one unidentified object. “It feels as if my eyes are completely crossed, and everything's blurry and I can't really see anything that I'm doing here,” she told the trooper leading the demonstration.

In the accompanying video, viewers are offered a birds-eye view of Christie's perspective through the DUI goggles. The cones are slightly out-of-focus, and even for a viewer at home, it's difficult to discern the direction in which the golf cart should be moving.  Clearly, the "DUI goggles" mimic the effects of extreme impairment.

The WSP offers this course as an education tool for people to learn about the dangers of impaired driving. The Patrol not only emphasizes the dangers of driving drunk, but also the dangers of driving while distracted, such as while text-messaging. In the end, the accompanying trooper warns about the steep consequences of Washington State DUI, including license suspension of 90 days or more, exorbitant fines and even jail time.

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Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney Reply

Posted Oct 23, 2012 at 17:17:29

Aaron,

Great article. I went and watched the video too.

We all want safety but the question is then why is it still lawful to drink and then drive. I’m thinking that Ms. Johnson isn’t practicing what she is preaching. Maybe she could suggest better language or more education on what impairment is. How about a definition of impairment?

Aaron J. Wolff Reply

Posted Oct 23, 2012 at 20:59:37

Thank you, Kevin.

The “DUI Goggles” are not representative of “impaired driving.” They reflect extremely intoxicated driving. As we have both written about on our respective sites, impairment is not just a breath or blood test of .08 or higher. It is when a law enforcement officer forms a subjective opinion that a person’s ability to drive was affected to any appreciable degree by alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. I frequently meet with people who are arrested for suspicion of DUI and whose breath or blood sample was WELL below a .08.

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