Clutching the steering wheel, 16-year-old David Bazikian did his best Tuesday to navigate a golf cart around a small test track at Glendale High School. But the junior over-steered to the left, and then to the right, hitting a dozen orange construction cones before making his way back to the starting line.
His performance made him look like a remedial driver's ed student, but David was wearing a pair of vision-distorting goggles, part of a simulation meant to teach teens about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
"It was actually like double-vision," David said. "It was really weird. It was not what I expected."
The simulation was put on by Glendale Police officers Tim Lindner and Ed Malouf, and drew hundreds of onlookers to the school's central patio area. One by one, student participants were directed to drive around the course uninhibited. Then, the officers had them close their eyes, spins several times to induce dizziness, and don the DUI goggles.