Year 12 Psychology Students conducted experiments on Wednesday afternoon on the impact of alcohol and texting on driving skills.
Students used a computer car race game to firstly test their time around a track. Then they donned ‘fatal vision’ goggles—which mimic the impact of alcohol on vision—or tried to send and receive texts as they steered the vehicle.
One set of goggles also had dark tinting. “I have to be really close to the screen,” Audrey said. “Every time I move I have to refocus my eyes.”
Natalie was attempting to text as she drove. “Oops! Just hit a sign.” She subsequently rear-ended another car and was constantly correcting.
Teacher, Bronnie Bishop said, “the experiment was personally educational but also demonstrated how our level of consciousness affects our everyday capacity for speed and accuracy.”