St. Joseph School students in the 10-12th grades learned the dangers and consequences of driving while impaired from alcohol or drug use. Bradley Fornash, a retired Conway policeman and the school's resource officer, made a presentation that included several points. One dealt with how breathalyzer tests are evaluated. Another focused on ensuring friends aren't allowed to get behind the wheel if mentally impaired. The point that may have had the most impact was when Fornash spelled out the legal and financial costs associated with d.w.i. or d.u.i. convictions.
The fines, court costs, ignition interlock installation and license reinstatement fees, increased insurance premiums, alcohol education classes and towing charges can add up to about $7,000.That's before attorney's bills and lost wages are included. There's also the far-reaching matter of what such convictions can do to personal reputations and employment status.
Following his presentation, Fornash demonstrated a variety of goggles that create the illusion of intoxication.The students experienced the diminished capacities they'd have under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Junior Becca Chamoun is seen trying to maintain her balance while mocking a sobriety test.