Police Educate Students About Drinking And Driving In Tazewell County

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Tazewell Police and Virginia State Police team up to educate students enrolled in summer school at Tazewell High School about drinking and drinking. Students put on fatal vision goggles and tried to drive a golf cart through an obstacle course.

Sophomore John Brown said, “As soon as I put on the goggles, I hit two or three I believe. I hit the baby by accident.”

Virginia State Trooper B.C. Patton said, “Do not drink and drive. I mean that’s just the biggest thing. I can’t stress that enough.  If you do drink and drive, there are consequences with it whether you wreck and kill yourself or kill somebody else or you get caught.  You are looking at heavy fines and the possibility of jail time.”

Drivers Ed Teacher Tom Keene said the class is for 24 days.

Keene said, “I tell them they’ll be in an alcohol related crash and they don’t even have to be the ones driving.  They’ve got to be a defensive driver and if you’re drinking and driving, you’re not going to be a very good defensive driver.”

Sarah Jackson said she is learning a lot from the class.

Jackson said, “Just try to be smart.  Call somebody or sleep in the car.  Just don’t drink or drink responsibly.”

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