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Driver's Ed Class Visits DWI Checkpoint For A Lesson

Posted December 7, 2005 10:57 a.m. EST

— Driver's education is designed to teach the rules of the road, but instructors say they can only teach so much from a book.

So, recently, some Wake County teens left the classroom for a dose of road reality when it comes to the dangers of drinking and driving

The students -- along with their driver's education instructor -- watched a DWI checkpoint on Capital Boulevard this past weekend.

"One, we're getting drunk drivers off the road. Two, we're showing these young adults what it's like to be out here firsthand," said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

The 17 teenagers who are learning how to drive saw firsthand several people being arrested for DWI along with other infractions.

"I'm scared sitting here on the sidelines -- I can only imagine how worried and nervous they feel," said Bridget Grubbs, a student. "I'd hate to be in their position. I really would."

During the checkpoint, 94 drivers were cited for various offenses. Less than a dozen were charged with DWI.

Other charges ranged from marijuana possession, to open containers, and driving with a revoked license, or without one altogether.