Drive ‘under the influence’ at the DUI Awareness Fair


Shadera Woodland, 18, physical therapy major, steers a golf cart while wearing drunk googles as EC Police Officer Matt Ryan holds on while guiding Woodland at the 2014 DUI awareness. ECPD will be hosting the 15th annual DUI awarrness fair on Thursday Oct. 29 near the Library Lawn. Photo credit: John Fordiani

With the holiday season just around the corner, El Camino will host it’s 15th annual South Bay DUI Awareness Fair on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. near the Library Lawn, according to the press release.

The event will have interactive activities that stimulate the dangers of drinking and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

“The DUI Awareness Fair is designed to increase community awareness about the dangerous consequences that can come from driving under the influence, or getting into a car that is operated by someone under the influence,” according to the press release.

For the first time, the El Camino Police Department will have a “Coffee with a Cop” event to invite the students, staff and the community to discuss issues and to build relationships “one cup of coffee at a time.”

ECPD along with Avoid 100 West DUI Taskforce will be sponsoring the fair.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a driving exercise where they drive a golf cart through a course while wearing goggles that stimulate impairment.

According to the press release, “students can experience how being under the influence can affect reflexes and impair judgement …also available this year are marijuana impairment goggles.”

In addition to the various activities, a crashed car that was involved in an alcohol-related death with be placed on campus to show people the consequences of drinking and driving.

According to the press release, “officers will be on hand to talk to students and provide valuable information about the dangerous of driving under the influence.”