Driving under the influence


ALBERT LEA, Minn.- Mayo Clinic Health System- Albert Lea is putting on a demonstration for community members so they can learn firsthand what it’s like to drive under the influence.

First, participants were asked to calculate how much they weigh and how many numbers of drinks they normally have over a couple of hours. Then whatever their blood alcohol content was, they put on goggles that matched that level impairment.

Participants would then throw bean bags into a bucket and walk a straight line with the goggles on.

Organizers say many people fail these challenges, but it’s a way to learn firsthand the dangers of distracted driving.

“There are so many things that are distracting when you’re driving,” said Joy Shaft Trauma Coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea. “Just allowing your mind to wander is distracted driving. So increasing everyone’s awareness and the importance of driving safe no matter where you’re at or what you’re doing can help you stay alive.”


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