DUI/Distracted Driving Prevention Program
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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people. Nearly half of those crashes are related to drinking and driving and 16% of young people involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted. The Cook County Sheriff Youth Services Department offers the following 2 programs to educate high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving and distracted driving:
The DUI/Distracted Driving Prevention Program, consists of uniformed officers that provide education about the physical and legal risks of driving under the influence and/or performing tasks, such as texting, that cause the driver to lose focus. The program contains both an educational classroom setting component and an interactive field component. In the classroom component, students will be presented with educational information which includes the use of videos presenting personal experiences of the consequences of DUI and distracted driving. The interactive component will allow the students to experience field sobriety tests, performed while they are wearing goggles which simulate being impaired or under the influence. Students will also navigate through a driving course, while wearing the impairment goggles and while attempting to text while driving a golf cart. In some instances a distracted driving simulator may be available to add to the students’ experience. This program is available during the fall and spring season of the school year. Dates fill up quickly so call now to schedule this program.
A second program is available for schools which may not want or be able to accommodate the full DUI/Distracted Driving Prevention Program. This program will provide information about the effects of alcohol on adolescents and how the use of alcohol impairs judgment and driving ability. The consequences of Zero Tolerance and DUI laws will be discussed. A highlight of this program is the possibility of a speaker from the Cook County Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) who will talk about his/her personal experience of being arrested for a DUI and the effect on their life. Distracted driving and the laws regarding texting and cell phone use while driving will be explained. This program is available any time during the school year.
For more information or to schedule one of these programs, please call Maureen Malloy at 312-433-7216.