TOMS RIVER – While some teens may feel like they are invincible or think “it’s only one beer”, the Ocean County Health Department is here to remind them that drinking and driving is deadly.
The OCHD is bringing back the annual “3-D Drinking, Driving and Drugging, Always a Choice Never an Accident,” providing sobering statistics on drunk driving and bringing awareness to teens in the local community. The event will be held at the Ocean County Mall Center Court on Feb. 22.
“The Ocean County Health Department sponsors this event every year and the feedback from the students and visitors is outstanding. The teens appreciate having an opportunity to hear and learn so much from the professionals that work on the front lines in this crusade against driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and distracted driving,” stated Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.
The event spreads a serious message, but has a little fun while doing so. A highlight for most teens is the chance to try the Fatal Vision Goggle demonstrations, more commonly known as “drunk goggles.” The Fatal Vision Goggles demonstrate to teens what impaired driving feels like as they try to navigate an obstacle course. Another popular portion of the program has law enforcement officers demonstrating a DUI stop with the teens.
The event will also feature numerous guest speakers including elected officials, educators, law enforcement professionals, counselors, prevention specialists and members of our military.
“3-D is a unique, one-stop shop opportunity for students and residents to gather information on addiction, prevention options, education, consequences and so much more from all our program attendees. But it’s more than just lectures. So much of the program is designed to ensure individuals are having a good deal of fun while learning a whole lot regarding a serious issue,” said Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator.
Join in the event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ocean County Mall. A Commemoration Ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. Simulated DUI Stops and Fatal Vision Goggle demonstrations will be held at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Peter Curatolo at 732-341-9700 or visit ochd.org.