Health Team

Wakefield High Students Get Sobering Lesson

Posted June 28, 2007 1:45 p.m. EDT
Updated July 2, 2007 12:44 p.m. EDT

— 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