Police in Middletown demonstrate harmful effects of drinking and driving

(08/14/04) MIDDLETOWN - Police officers in Middletown took part in an alcohol awareness campaign called the Hero Challenge on Saturday.

Several cops conducted "sobriety tests" at a simulated obstacle course at the intersection of Route 35 and New Monmouth Road. The point of the exercise was to show people the harmful effects of drinking and driving, according to the officers.

Volunteers wore night vision goggles while on the closed course to impair their skills. Police say people's hearing and eyesight are affected before their motor skills if they are intoxicated.

Cops believe the drill was more powerful than a lecture, and many participants agree that the experience was eye opening.

The Hero Campaign for Designated Drivers sponsored the event. The group was started in honor of John Elliott who grew up in Egg Harbor Township and was killed by a drunk driver.

Related Link:Hero Campaign

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