LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL- "The leading cause of death for teenagers right now is traffic crashes. Teenagers are very, very susceptible to crashes and injury and death when it comes to driving," states Alabama Law Enforcement Trooper Jonathan Appling.
Which is why ALEA and ALFA say it's important to give students a hands-on look at the effects of impaired driving by using fatal vision goggles, which is exactly what they did at East Lawrence High School on Friday morning.
The experience takes kids out of the classroom and gives them a first-hand look at how hard and dangerous it is to drive impaired. Something Trooper Appling says is critical to remind kids of, with prom, spring break and summer just around the corner.
"We want to give them a fresh reminder, have something they can have on their mind when they do go out on these trips and when they're hanging out with their friends, just to give them something to think about," said Trooper Appling.