KDSS students take the vision impairment goggle challenge
By Liz Dadson
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Kincardine District Secondary School principal Randall DeKraker (L) takes on Grade 12 student Jamie Shewfelt in the vision impairment goggle challenge obstacle course Thursday afternoon in the school gymnasium
Cory Fair (L) competes with Cass Carruthers, both in Grade 11 at KDSS, in the vision impairment goggle challenge obstacle course
So, how badly are your reflexes impaired after you've had one alcoholic beverage too many?
Students at Kincardine District Secondary School learned that first-hand Thursday afternoon when they took the vision impairment goggle challenge.
Brought to the school by the KDSS chapter of Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID) and the South Bruce OPP, the challenge proved very convincing.
After putting on the goggles, pairs of students embarked on an obstacle course, riding a wheeled cart through pylons and then trying to throw a basketball through a hoop at the end.
Riding the cart proved difficult enough, but scoring a basket was almost impossible.
"It looks like it would if I was underwater," said Lauren Jolley, Grade 9. "It's all blurry and dark."
South Bruce OPP constable Kevin Martin, community services officer, brought two kinds of goggles - nighttime (dark) and daytime (clear). And each pair had a different level of "intoxication" factor.
The low-impairment goggles represented a person's vision with a blood-alcohol level of 0.100. The high-impairment goggles represented a person's vision with a blood-alcohol level of 0.200. The legal limit is under 0.08.
This is the first time the goggle challenge has been at KDSS since Martin became community services officer.
"I'd like to make it an annual event," he said. "It shows kids that they can't do these simple tasks when they're impaired by alcohol. Their cognitive skills are impaired, so they don't want to be behind the wheel of a car. Hopefully, challenges like this will help eradicate the drinking driving problem completely."
Working with Martin on this project were OSAID staff advisors Jennifer Evans, Sandy MacLeod and Christine Newton.
Nicole McLeod (L) and Morgan Baker, both in Grade 9 at KDSS, try on the daytime vision impairment goggles
Blaire Courtney, Grade 12, shoots the basketball not even close to the hoop which is to her right
Jamie Shewfelt, Grade 12, tries to line up a shot
South Bruce OPP constable Kevin Martin, community services officer, tries his hand at sinking the basketball while wearing the nighttime vision impairment goggles
Faith Mwasalla, Grade 12, tries to stay on the wheeled cart in the obstacle course
Lauren Jolley (L), Grade 9, and Alexa Masur, Grade 10 at KDSS, try looking through the nighttime vision impairment goggles
Cory Fair, Grade 11, wheels the cart through the course
Morgan Baker, Grade 9, takes a spin through the course
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Thursday, February 16, 2012