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Alcohol awareness event involves car from New Mexico crash

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

College campuses across the U.S. often have alcohol awareness events. But a recent one at a university brought a different way of discussing the dangers of alcohol with students: by using students. Many young people realize that others disregard the warnings of authority figures simply because of the fact that those figures are in a position of authority. Instead, students discussed the possibility of a drunk driving accident or alcohol poisoning with other students.

While students handed out informational pamphlets, others participated in events involving beer goggles. Local law enforcement groups came in to provide the equipment so that students could get a better understanding of what it was like to be under the influence of alcohol. According to reports, there was an obstacle course that participants had to navigate while wearing the goggles, which included walking a straight line and around several cones ending with throwing a ball into a box.

Students gave those that came to the event mocktails so that they could better understand the equivalence of alcohol when consumed in different forms. Twelve ounces of beer equates to four ounces of wine. Both of these have an equal alcohol content to that of a single shot.

One of the most influential pieces of the event was a vehicle known as the Beller Car that was involved in a crash near Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to records, this vehicle was in a drunk driving accident that occurred in 2002. Extreme damage was caused to the car when a collision left the front half impacted inward. This left only inches in the front seat of the vehicle. Four people died in the crash.

A student commented on the vehicle, saying that people die this way too often and that those deaths could be prevented. With a little planning before drinking, people can make the roads a bit safer for everyone using them.

Source: Daily Nebraskan, "Interactive demonstrations teach students about dangers of drinking," Daniel Wheaton, Oct. 10, 2012