TXDoT 'Not So Fun House' simulates drunk driving

People wear specially-designed goggles, experience different levels of drunkenness

Author: Matt Rivers, Video Journalist, mrivers@ksat.com
Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:42:38 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 08 2013 10:53:26 PM CST
Drunk driving simulation

TXDoT calls it their 'Not So Fun House'—a quirky, carnival-inspired take on a very serious issue.

Users are given goggles that distort vision, in the same way that certain blood alcohol content levels would.

For example, goggles that simulate a BAC of .18 are more distorted than those equal to a .12 BAC.

Once wearing the goggles, officials guide participants through a series of activities, including two carnival games and a driving simulator.

"We want people to get an idea, in a safe way, of what it's like to be drunk while being totally sober," said Mona Lisa Zertuche of TXDoT.

People wandered over to the booth all night, including law student Adam Weaver, who tried out each activity.

"It was definitely more difficult than I thought it would be," said Weaver.

Weaver struggled mightily while in the driving simulator and said while he's never actually driven while drunk, the experience was worth it.

"It was cool to be able to do something like that, and I definitely think people could learn from it," said Weaver.

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