People passing by the school parking lot on the Camdenton campus might have wondered what was going on with a group of young people wearing goggles and driving golf carts in circles around bright orange cones.
While it looked fun, there was a serious purpose to the exercise. The teenagers were taking part in a drunk driving simulation as part of the Camdenton POlice Department's Junior Academy being offered this summer.
The students, ranging in age from 10 to 13, were experiencing the effects of driving while intoxicated. Students were given specially designed goggles to simulate varying levels of drunkeness to get a hands on demonstration of how alcohol impairs driving.
Seventeen students are enrolled in the academy. Graduation will be held at the end of this week. By that time, students will have learned about community policing, how various law enforcement agencies work, crime scene investigaiton, the judicial system and many other aspects of the day-to-day work of a police officer.