Over at Lord Botetourt High School today, Trooper M.S. Jordan tried to get students to walk a straight line using simulator goggles that made the student sway and totter while Trooper J.R. Mann rode in the passenger seat of the Virginia State Police simulator .
Wearing the specialized goggles, a driver gets the motion of being visually impaired — one of the side effects of drinking and driving. Each student from a PE class or driver’s ed took a turn piloting the vehicle through a course of orange pylons.The state police sponsor the vehicle in hopes they will be able to avoid responding to the scene of the saddest of calls — the death of a teenager due to drinking and driving, Mann said previously.
Both Lord Botetourt and James River high schools hold their proms this Saturday.
Sophomore Mina Asargi pilots the simulator — a golf cart “pimped” to look like a mini state trooper cruiser.