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Flagler sheriff uses drug-seized funds to buy Impaired Driving Simulator go-kart

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Flagler County Sheriff's Office made 175 DUI arrests in 2019.
by: Brittany Kershaw Public Affairs Manager, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has unveiled a new trailer intended to house the FCSO Impaired Driving Simulator and educate the community on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. The trailer prominently displays messaging warning drivers of the dangers of driving when impaired or distracted.

In 2019, FCSO made 175 DUI arrests, responded to nine DUI crashes and wrote 16 citations for texting while driving. The dangers of impaired driving inspired Sheriff Rick Staly to use drug-seized funds to purchase the Impaired Driving Simulator. The simulator, a custom-built electric go-kart, allows drivers and passengers to experience what can happen when they operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or marijuana as well as the ramifications of driving while drowsy or distracted.

In addition to the simulator, the FCSO has wrapped a trailer intended to house the simulator and it is designed with even more messaging warning drivers against the dangers and potentially deadly outcomes of driving impaired or distracted. That way, even when the simulator is not in use it is still a valuable driver education tool.

“Impaired and distracted driving is not an issue that is unique to Flagler County. Unfortunately, people from all over the country make the decision to drive impaired every day,” Sheriff Staly said. “But what is unique is that here in Flagler County we are working to educate and engage the public in every way we can on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving before an accident or arrest occurs. I hope the FCSO Impaired Driving Simulator and the visual messaging on the trailer will encourage residents to drive sober and free from distractions and texting.”

The FCSO Impaired Driving Simulator was first introduced to the public at the 2020 Flagler Home and Lifestyle Show in January but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, other scheduled events planned to feature the simulator have been postponed for now. The FCSO Impaired Driving Simulator was purchased with drug-seized funds and not at the taxpayers’ expense and the trailer had been seized during a criminal investigation.

The FCSO Impaired Driving Simulator trailer is currently on display in front of the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell. Check the FCSO Facebook page and Website for announcements on future events where you can experience the simulator. 

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