FSU Students "Drive Impaired"

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

One-by-one students buckled their seat belts and drove under the influence.

The influence of a remote control only Florida State Police Officers could use to make the go-cart students were driving in go into terror mode.

FSU PD told the drivers each orange cone represented a person- let's just say- good thing it's a simulation.
Amy Colbert with one of the organizations who put together the event says, "You can tell people about it but I think when they get to experience it , just through this simulation. Even if you turn the wheel on time the cart itself is going to make the reaction delayed."

Rodney Funderburk, with one of the organization who hosted the event says, "During spring break there's going to be the opportunity for students to hopefully not be drinking, but I know that that's really prevalent. Just don't drink and drive. A lot of time people say they're buzzed and good to drive- or they'll be the DD and just take a couple of sips."

Connie Beard spends much of her time speaking to college students about drinking and driving. Her son, Matthew was a 21-year old FSU senior enjoying his winter break, when a drunk driver plowed into the car he was riding in and killed him. "Everyday is a nightmare. You have happy moments, but it's never happy when your child is gone. It's a 100% preventable death."

While the dizzy driving event brought laughter and fun- Beard's message focused on the sobering reality. "He didn't have to die. The guy, the 21 year old who killed him is doing 12 years in prison. But I was sentenced to a lifetime."

Not one student completed the course with mowing over at least one come.

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