There are still places available this week on a free ground-breaking course for community members wanting to save themselves or their loved ones from arrest, injury or death. It is run by two ambulance paramedics and two police from New Zealand – and they will use special impairment goggles to demonstrate the impact of just a few drinks.
Road Safety Council member Brent Fisher said the experiment was eye-opening. The goggles simulated the impact of having a blood alcohol content of 250mcg (the New Zealand limit) or 400 mcg (the Cook Islands limit). With them on, Fisher said, people were unable to safely perform simple tasks like carrying a jug of water around a room.