PHS students learn from awareness day

Published 12:02 am Friday, March 27, 2015

PHS Peer Helpers

PHS Peer Helpers

Pleasant Home students got a dose of reality during a program aimed at exposing them to the dangers of driving under the influence.

Exposure 2015 was a project that the Pleasant Home Peer Club had been working on for the past month, and members wanted to be sure that students who would be out for spring break next week were aware of the dangers of driving under the influence.

“The whole point of this is to let kids be prepared and aware of what they will face,” Peer Group Sponsor Kelly Garner said. “It’s important with spring break coming up next week, but these are things they will face in everyday life too.”

Several local and state law enforcement agencies were on hand to help educate the students on the dangers.

“Students mingled with around with different officers asking questions and receiving information,” Garner said. “Students who choose to signed pledge cards to stay away from drugs and alcohol.”

The different agencies demonstrated how they conduct checkpoints, search and rescue, Jaws of Life extractions and also offered more hands learning experiences.

The Covington County Sheriffs Department set up small course that allowed students to drive golf carts wearing goggles that simulated impairment from alcohol and drugs.

Students were allowed to drive the cart using four different ranges of impairment. One pair of goggles simulated the effects of two to four beers or .5 blood-alcohol-content, one simulated a higher BAC, one simulated impairment from drugs and texting while driving was the other.

“We wanted to make this educational as well as fun,” Garner said.

Garner said that there are 24 members of Pleasant Home’s Peer Club ranging from grades seventh through 12th, who helped.

“The rain held off for us, and it was a huge success,” Garner said.