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Distracted driving simulation at Medford Open Streets

Streets in downtown Medford were closed to traffic for an event that allows people to explore the community.

Posted: Oct 12, 2019 6:10 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2019 6:10 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.,--Bartlett Street from Pear Blossom Park to Liberty Park was shut down to traffic for Medford Open Streets. It's the first annual event to promote healthy active living at the city’s largest public space - its streets - to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation. It was a chance for the city of Medford to showcase the diverse community, business, and government investments in Medford.

The streets were lined with booths, included Medford Police Department's distracted driver simulation. It's a course lined by traffic cones that attracted a lot of interest and gives people a first hand perspective on what it feels like to drive intoxicated.

"They're putting on some simulated glasses that show a blood alcohol level of between .06 to .08 and they're quite surprised at what they see and then they try to navigate the course," said community service officer, Todd Sales.

It's harder than it looks, according to participants. Alvin Quarles is here with his family today and decided to give it a shot.

"The longer you keep them on, the dizzier you get. Other than that, you can still see but you still feel impaired," says Quarles, "some cones seemed closed than others."

But it's not just a course for Medford open streets, Sales says. It's a course that's been introduced to local 9th graders at school as part of drivers education."

The City of Medford hosts events like Medford Open Streets to promote traffic to the downtown area.

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