Goggles spread drink-drive message

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GOGGLES which simulate being being drunk and have their wearer stumbling and falling are the latest tool being used to spread awareness about the risks of drink driving.

The Port Curtis Education Centre has introduced seven pairs of 'beer goggles' to the centre.

It is hoped by accessing them, community members will understand what could happen if they drink and drive.

After the recent rise in drink driving figures, Gladstone police said it was important to spread the message across about drink driving.

Senior Constable Mia Hubert said in 2004, police counted 47 accidents in the Gladstone Police region which were caused by drink driving.

'These goggles will give drivers a chance to see the accumulative effect alcohol has and help them understand the effects of excessive drinking and drink driving can have on them,' she said.

Port Curtis Education Centre director Kathleen Jensen said the goggles would give life skills to not only senior students at local high schools but also the general public.

'The centre has purchased seven goggles valued at $1980 which also included two videos of real life effects of drink driving,' she said.

Snr Const Hubert it was extremely important to educate the public about responsible drinking practice.



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