Choices and Consequences Program Comes To High School
High school students were delivered a direct and abundantly clear pre-prom message from Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office: “Don’t drink and drive.” Assistant District Attorney Matt Lafargue detailed the stories of real cases and people during his 90-minute reality TV-styled lecture. The assembly was presented as part of a countywide effort to combat drunk, drugged and reckless driving. Joining Mr. Lafargue was Nassau County Police Lieutenant Gus Kalin, a member of the unit that administers breath and drug tests to all persons arrested for DWI. He had four students role play a drunk driving episode, then fitted the driver with goggles that mimicked alcohol-impaired vision to simulate the pitfalls of inebriation. “You want to be safe and make good decisions,” he cautioned. Video clips and graphic photos of actual crashes were presented, along with slides that statistically detailed the horrors that drunk driving has brought to Nassau County in recent years. Two convicted drivers were on hand to speak about their own mistakes and the consequences with which they are currently dealing.
As a method of staying safe, students were advised to develop a plan before going out, should they encounter a situation where drunk driving may become an issue.
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