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Photo Gallery: Driving the Lesson Home

Photo by Michael Erb Parkersburg High School driving instructor Mike Dawson, left, directs senior Tyler Martin, right, to maneuver a golf cart through a series of obstacles Thursday while wearing goggles which simulate impairment due to drugs or alcohol.
Photo by Michael Erb Parkersburg High School driving instructor Sharon Marks, left, holds on while senior Kionte Peacock, right, texts while driving a golf cart during a demonstration Thursday on impaired and distracted driving.

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School drivers education students participated in a series of activities Thursday designed to highlight the dangers of impaired or distracted driving.

The annual program challenged the students to maneuver golf carts on the track at Stadium Field through a series of obstacles, first while wearing “drunk goggles” which simulate impaired driving and then while sending texts on their phones. Cones represented everything from mailboxes to parked cars to pedestrians, and illustrated how easy it is to make a lifelong mistake behind the wheel of an automobile.

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