Fatal Vision is a training tool used to vividly demonstrate the concept of impairment and the dangers of impaired driving. Fatal Vision’s purpose is not to duplicate impairment caused by a specific level of alcohol or other drug ingested by a human. Alcohol and other drugs have an effect on the brain that results in a variety of impairments. The Fatal Vision goggles distort vision and cause behaviors that are similar to behaviors exhibited by someone under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Deputy Don Counard oversees this valuable community training program and is assisted by other members of the sheriff’s office.
The majority of the training events have focused on high school aged students. These young drivers are given a realistic view of the dangers of driving while impaired and the deadly consequences of their choices. The program provides practical exercises to understand decision making, responsibility and consequences. The training program concludes with the use of the Fatal Vision goggles while attempting to operate a golf cart through a posted route.