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Seniors and the Pedal Kart
On Wednesday, seniors who attended Coffee with the Cops at the Senior Center had an opportunity to experience what it feels like to drive while impaired. EPPD officers brought the department’s pedal kart, a four-wheeled cart with seating for one, a steering wheel and foot pedals, to the Senior Center along with several pair of impaired googles.
The purpose of the kart is for people to drive it while wearing impairment goggles that mimic the effects of driving while drinking or using drugs. The EPPD owns three sets of goggles that simulate drunk driving at the following Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels: .25, .17, .07. In Minnesota, an amount over .08 is considered impaired driving under the law. The EPPD also recently purchased a set of goggles that simulates marijuana use. Kart drivers strap on the goggles of their choice and attempt to drive the kart through a closed course.
The EPPD bought the kart and the marijuana simulation goggles using DWI vehicle forfeiture money, which is earmarked for drug and alcohol prevention education.
If you’d like to try out the kart and goggles, visit us at the City of Eden Prairie Open House on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 – 2. We will have a course set up in the parking lot at 8080 Mitchell Road.