Clarksville Teens Receive DUI Education from Local Police Officers

Posted in Car Accident,Drunk Driving,Personal Injury,Tennessee Accident Law on May 6, 2015

Clarksville Teens Receive DUI Education from Local Police Officers

Juniors and seniors at Clarksville Academy received life lessons about the dangers of drinking and driving at the Improvised Alcohol Awareness Class on April 29 from members of the Clarksville Police Department.

According to a report by theleafchronicle.com, the class was scheduled to educate teens on the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol and to help reduce underage consumption of alcohol in Clarksville.

The event was scheduled to take place right before the school’s prom in an effort to help students make smarter decisions and stay safe that night and in the future.

As part of the class, Clarksville police officers staged a traffic crash scene that involved a DUI driver. In addition, students also wore goggles that simulate alcohol intoxication while taking sobriety tests administered by Clarksville police. The goggles are designed to provide realistic simulation of alcohol impairment to show teens how much drinking can affect their ability to drive safely.

The Clarksville car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law are glad to see the efforts made by the Clarksville Police Department to help reduce teen drinking and DUI accidents in the city, and we hope all students in the area have a fun and safe night at prom.

The Importance of DUI Awareness

Spreading awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving is of the utmost importance. Too many innocent victims on Tennessee’s roadways are injured every year by buzzed, intoxicated, and drunk drivers, and the best way to prevent these injuries is to educate drivers as early as possible.

High school students who participate in drunk driving classes and lessons learn important facts about DUI accidents and the effects alcohol has on the body, such as:

  • Impaired judgment

Drivers must be able to trust their good judgment to make sound decisions while behind the wheel. Alcohol can significantly impair judgment and cause drivers to engage in dangerous behavior that can put their lives and the lives of others at risk. Because the effects of alcohol are unpredictable—especially at high doses—drivers should never get behind the wheel if they’re over the legal limit, as it’s difficult to know beforehand how their bodies and minds will react to being intoxicated.

  • Reduced reaction times

Being able to respond immediately to changes in traffic and other drivers’ behavior is an essential part of safe driving. However, alcohol consumption can reduce reaction times—making it take longer for drivers to process information and act on it. That means something as simple as stopping at a red light or moving over for another vehicle may lead to serious accidents due to drivers taking too long to complete the action.

  • Blurred vision

In addition to good judgment and quick reaction times, drivers also need to be able to see the road clearly—including other vehicles and traffic signals. Alcohol can cause sleepiness and red, watery eyes, making it more difficult to see and focus on things in front of their vehicle. Impaired vision is especially dangerous at night or when driving during inclement weather, as visibility may be significantly reduced.

At Matt Hardin Law, our Clarksville car accident attorneys know that many car accident victims were injured by people who had been drinking before they got behind the wheel, and we know that drinking and driving can have devastating consequences for families and their loved ones.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by an intoxicated or negligent driver, get in touch with our legal team today. Our Clarksville personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources to get you full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and more. Just dial (931) 274-7788 or fill out a free online form. We’re here to help.