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Edison Hosts “Booze and Cruise, You’ll Lose”

Edison High School played host to the “Booze and Cruise, You’ll Lose” program to help students make good choices during prom and graduation season and beyond.

   About 160 sophomores to seniors gathered in the school auditorium on March 20 to take part in interactive games and a question-and-answer session as well as to earn prizes. They also heard from attorney Christian Turak with the Moundsville-based law firm Gold, Khourey and Turak, which presents the program, as well as Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Scalley, WTOV-TV meteorologist Jeff Oechslein and Wheeling Nailers announcer D.J. Absilaih about the consequences of driving under the influence.

   “We’re not here to lecture you,” said Turak. “You are facing adult situations. We’ll have a conversation so when you are confronted with a situation, you will make the best decision. You are out together, so look out for each other.”

   The teen audience competed in a Kahoot interactive computer game, answering questions about laws and scenarios to earn T-shirts and hockey game tickets. The true-or-false questions described events such as whether it is possible to be arrested for DUI without having consumed alcohol. Many students said the answer was “yes” if the driver used drugs. Another was whether a person could refuse to take a BAC (blood alcohol content) test if pulled over for suspected DUI. The answer was true, but there could still be repercussions. Trooper Scalley explained that those found to be under the influence could receive a one-year license suspension for a first offense and even longer—including losing the license altogether– if it is a second offense or more. 

   Other quiz results indicated that it was possible to be charged for operating under a DUI if the driver was not in a motor vehicle, but rather a boat, motorcycle, bicycle or ATV. Meanwhile, a minor arrested for DUI will have the charge through adulthood.  Officials said the consequence of having a DUI is a suspended license, jail time, difficulty getting a job and general embarrassment because it remains on the person’s record.

   Trooper Scalley further commented that it was not possible to beat a breathalyzer test following another quiz query.

   “I’ve had people try sucking on pennies and barely blowing into the machine. It will go down as a refusal and they can get their license suspended for a year,” he added.

    Students had previously completed surveys and one was selected to receive an autographed hockey stick from the team. Sophomore Kale Beebe was then chosen to don simulation goggles to mimic impairment and completed sobriety tests on stage, including a nystagmus test, walking a straight line and lifting one leg. Trooper Scalley said an inability to complete the tasks could indicate intoxication. 

   During the Q&A, Trooper Scalley described the best way to respond when pulled over by a law enforcement officer.

   “Keep your hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel, tell them whether you have a concealed weapon and be courteous,” he said.

   Oechslein also shared a story of a neighbor who had high hopes as an athlete, but whose dreams were cut short after being injured by a drunk driver. 

   “Just be careful and use common sense,” he said.

   Turak said driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs affects everyone, while Absilaih reminded everyone to stay safe.

  “Continue to have your life goals in mind,” Absilaih commented. “Have fun and love life, but do it safely.”

   “Booze and Cruise, You’ll Lose” has been held since 1992 and GKT has presented programs throughout local schools in Ohio and West Virginia with WTOV, OSHP and the Wheeling Nailers as sponsors. Officials said it was spurred by an interest in reducing DUI-related incidents among teens.