Event raises teen awareness of driving responsibilities

Some high school students are going to find out what it's like to drive drunk.

They won't have to take a single drink to do so.

The Columbus Police Department in cooperation with Applebee's Restaurants will host a safe driving course for selected juniors from Carver and Northside High on Thursday.

The event, designed to raise the teens' awareness of the problems and responsibilities of driving, will be at the Columbus Civic Center at 9 a.m.

A police department press release said that Applebee's has provided funds for a special General Electric Motor car that students will drive. They will be wearing special goggles that simulate impaired driving so students will experience the hazards of driving under the influence but without any danger to them.

The demonstration will also emphasize car inspections, field sobriety, speeding and seat belt safety.

Students will also hear about Joshua's Law that went into effect this year. It requires a 16-year-old applying for a driver's license to attend a driver's education course and complete 40 hours of supervised driving.