German scientists have developed a “drugged driving suit” that is being used across North America and Europe to educate youth about the dangerous realities of driving under the influence. The suit is designed to mimic the effects of drugs in a person’s system by altering their normal sensory experience.
The suit is equipped with special sound-blocking headphones, eyewear that causes tunnel vision, and a neck brace that restricts the wearer’s ability to rotate their neck. In addition, it comes equipped with weights around the ankles and wrists to make balance more difficult when a wearer performs simple tasks like walking. According to Ford representatives, the suit really drives home the reality of being impaired by an intoxicating substance. The goggles are intended to cause double vision, and the headphones throw off a person’s auditory senses. Proponents hope that testing out the suit can have a positive impact on young drivers.
Recently, law enforcement, health officials and road safety experts gathered in Halifax, Canada for the 2016 Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals where some participants experienced the Ford “Drugged Driving Suit.” A representative from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has stated that despite an increased police presence and numerous awareness campaigns in Canada, drugged driving and drunk driving continue to be a serious issue, causing numerous car accidents every year. The RCMP representative emphasized that many people view drugged driving as less problematic than drunk driving, but he made it clear that this is a dangerous misconception. Drugged driving and drunk driving are the same in terms of the level of impairment drivers experience.
As marijuana is increasingly decriminalized and legalized, it is important that officials get the word out about drugged driving, educating the public that anyone who is impaired by any intoxicated substance should not get behind the wheel, as it increases the risk of serious injuries.
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