‘Sober Spring Break’ program teaches students about the effects of alcohol

Announcement from the Redlands Police Department:

2012-03-08-sober-spring-break.jpgStudents at two local high schools got a taste of the effects of alcohol – without ever tasting alcohol – thanks to a presentation by the Redlands Police Department, in cooperation with the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

On March 1 and 2, police officers and public health employees visited the campuses of Redlands High School and Citrus Valley High School during lunch, talked to students and answered questions about alcohol and its effects as well as laws and penalties pertaining to alcohol.

Using special equipment, including “drunk goggles,” officers gave students a realistic demonstration of the ways alcohol can impair the senses.  Some students were put through standard Field Sobriety Tests while wearing the goggles.

In the photo to the right, Redlands Police Officer Isaiah Hopkins performs a standard Field Sobriety Test on an “impaired” student during a Sober Spring Break event at Citrus Valley High School.

The events are part of a grant-funded educational program from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  The Department of Public Health helps to advise Friday Night Live, a youth-led group at Citrus Valley High School, that focuses on alcohol and drug prevention.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

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