‘Drunk suit’ helps Halifax police show dangers of impaired driving

Global News

HALIFAX – Ford Motor Company and the Halifax Regional Police combined forces on Tuesday to demonstrate the dangers of impaired driving.

Using a specially designed “drunk suit”, people could see what it’s like to try to drive a car while under the influence of alcohol.

Marybeth Garson, who volunteered to try it out, got fitted with weights on her right foot, knees, elbows and a neck collar. She also had to wear glasses and acoustic headphones to complete the experience.

Const. John McLeod gave Garson instructions before she began her sobriety test.

“Remember to count your steps out loud, look at your feet as you’re going,” he said. “Don’t stop until you’ve completed it.”

Garson placed one foot in front of the other, wobbling forward with each step.

“I felt very heavy and debilitated, and very woozy,” she said. “It was kind of like I was seeing double…and everything was kind…

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