Keeping a Straight Path

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In recognition of Red Ribbon Week at the end of October, West Hempstead High School students learned about the effects that alcohol consumption can have on an individual through a special program from the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions organization. The lessons were conducted with the help of the Association for the Community Parent Center, a nonprofit organization that offers programs and workshops on a variety of social issues that affect children and teenagers.

During an assembly, sophomores and juniors learned about the dangers of driving while intoxicated or under the influence from Tom Gilberti, a retired Nassau County police officer. They also heard from Christopher Memoli who shared his personal story about the one decision that changed his life forever: choosing to drive while intoxicated which resulted in a car accident that left him nearly paralyzed and needing to use a voice command system to speak.

Following the assembly, students in Grades 9-12 participated in impairment activities during their lunch periods wearing goggles that simulated one’s vision when drunk. While wearing the goggles, they were asked to complete simple tasks such as stacking cups in a pyramid, walking a sobriety line, playing a game of “Perfection” and putting shapes into a hole.  

The students also pledged to drive carefully by taking responsibility for the safety of themselves and their passengers as well as those with whom they share the road.