Northampton Police to use impaired driving goggles to teach safety

Goggles and cart were donated

Photo courtesy Northampton Police Department

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A pedal kart and six pairs of impaired goggles were donated to the police department.

Northampton Police Captain John Cartledge told 22News that officers will be taking the kart, cones and goggles to local schools in the spring before prom to demonstrate the dangers of impaired driving.

The goggles simulate impairments from alcohol, marijuana, and drowsiness. School resource officer Josh Wallace says the goggles will take his lessons with high school students to another level.

“I think this will help out a lot better with them being to operate something,” Wallace said, “and to understand what it’s like to be under the influence of these different substances. ”

Captain Cartledge says the kart and goggles cost $1,500. The donation was made by two residents. Captain Cartledge invites you to call the police department if you or a group want to try the simulator for yourself.