“Buzzed driving” course shows danger of impairment behind the wheel

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – If you think buzzed driving is ok, think again! The Montague and Deerfield Police Departments set up an impaired driving simulation course at the Greenfield Savings Bank branch in Turners Falls Friday to help people understand the dangers of driving intoxicated.

Kim Zabek, call manager at Greenfield Savings Bank, was one of those who participated in the simulation.

“It was actually very blurry,” Zabek said. “It definitely impaired your vision.”

Participants experienced what its like to drive under the influence of alcohol, and other drugs like marijuana and heroin.

Everyone who participated in this buzzed and impaired driver training had to put on goggles, which allow you to experience what it is like to have alcohol or another drug in your system.

“A lot of people might think if they have one or two beers they are okay to drive. Today, they can come down and put on a set of goggles representative of one or two beers and take a cart for a ride,” Montague Police Chief Charles Dodge said.

This buzzed driving course was part of Greenfield Savings Bank’s buzzed theme day, which also included free buzz cuts from a local barber.

The Montague Police Department hopes to have this course at their open house next month.