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Wakefield High Students Get Sobering Lesson

Posted June 28, 2007
Updated July 2, 2007

— Drivers education courses are required to teach the effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving, but Wakefield High School parent organizations felt that part of the curriculum needed extra emphasis.

Six Wakefield High students died in traffic-related crashes in the past year. Five of those accidents were alcohol-related.

School parent organization enlisted the help of Linda Wiandt, who designed Safe Teens, a fact-filled presentation with a team of police and emergency medical responders who have witnessed the damage of alcohol and other drugs when they are mixed with teen drivers.

In the presentation, special goggles mimmick the effects of alcohol and drugs on vision. Awkward gloves and bungee cords demonstrate the effects on simple motor skills.

The program is designed to help students avoid becoming another traffic statistic.

David Coe said he was looking forward to getting his license, but the presentation has heightened his awareness.

"I was eager until today, and then they showed me all these statistics and things," he said. "As long as I buckle up and stay safe and follow the rules of road, everything should work out for me."

If you would like more information about Safe Teens, you can contact Linda Wiandt at


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  • whocares Jul 3, 2007

    I'm with CuriousT. We had only 1 car and my Dad told me that I would be trusted until I did something that would loose that trust. He also said that if I wanted my own car that I could go out and get a job just like he did when he wanted something when he was young. Kids today have everything handed to them on a silver platter. They could care less about what it takes to replace anything. If they don't care about themselves at least they should care about the people that are riding with them. I am sure that the majority of them don't want to die.

  • Joe Blow Jul 3, 2007

    Littlegramma* took the words right out of my mouth except a bit more politely. These people are raising spoiled little monsters. You'd think watching class mates drop like flies last year would have had some affect on them... sad to say I don't believe it did. We need to start by teaching these parents how to raise their children... then maybe these lessons might stick. If these kids were WORKING for their money they'd have less time to get into trouble. Shame on these parents. Shame.

  • whatusay Jul 3, 2007

    Most teens do not worry about death..they think they will live forever. They live for the moment and do not think of the dangers until it happens. I am not sure some can be helped thru education...they will do what they want to do and not think of the consequences.

  • Brick Tamland Jul 2, 2007

    I hate to say it, but I don't think these programs will change anything. It's preaching to the choir. Those that always drive right will, and those that don't drive right are not going to change.

  • Dick Jul 2, 2007

    I can't believe they have David Coe in a program like this. He was always so blitzed, he never even knew what state he was performing in. Same w/ Jerry Lee Lewis.

  • nursevb8 Jun 30, 2007

    That tough teaching is what ALL teens need. As for David Coe--he doesn't have a clue. He thinks if he buckles up, stay safe and follow the rules, he'll be okay. Don't think so. Too many illegals without license, too many other drunks and too many non-driving fools out there to ever be safe on the roads. Police don't see the teens with all their buddies in the car after school, they aren't allowed to have a car load of friends if under 18, they have to be in by 9:00pm. Teens think they won't be caught and parents don't always know who they have in their cars right after school or in the earlier evenings. Cops need to open their eyes and see the rules of young teens.

  • Spongebob Jun 29, 2007

    I wish the driving age would change to 18!

  • Spongebob Jun 29, 2007

    I agree with the earlier posts. These kids need to see photos of exactly what happens in one of those accidents. They all think it won't happen to them but it does. And maybe a photo of somebody similar in age being cut out of a wrecked car might leave more of a lasting impression when it comes to making the decision whether or not to be responsible.

  • educgrad Jun 29, 2007

    Driving is a huge responsibility, I personally don't know how many teens realize this responsibility and just want the freedom they have with the license.

  • rainy39 Jun 29, 2007

    I dont like the idea of 15 and 16 yr olds driving either. Not slamming kids, but at that age they still dont have the mental capacity to understand what they need to. Heck even some adults dont have that capacity