On Wednesday, October 4th, the English 1A class was visited by Darrell Flora, a New Haven police officer, who came to talk with the kids about drunk driving and driving under the influence. He told many stories to the students about experiences he has had with this matter, warning them of the real-world consequences and dangers.
Officer Flora went over many points throughout his presentation, such as alcohol, which is the most abused drug in America today, and he explained the history of it. He explained how it has been readily available for a very long time, especially during the Medieval era. He then went on to say that it was even used as medicine during the 1800’s and 1900’s.
After that, he discussed the certain processes that your body goes through to stop you from drinking, such as puking or passing out and even alcohol poisoning, which can kill you in one night. Another topic discussed was the different forms of alcohol, such as ethanol, which was the only type to be made for human consumption. Also, Officer Flora went through the brain functions that are lost when you are impaired-- your judgment, concentration, comprehension, coordination, reaction time, and basic motor skills were some of the functions he discussed.
After it was all said and done, Officer Flora, Mrs. Hausmann, and the students were asked some questions about the presentation.
Officer Flora was asked about the reasoning behind doing the presentation, and he answered, “We need to educate the kids now so I won’t have to pull them from a crashed car or have to tell their parents the bad news that they had died.”
Flora was then asked if there was anything he wanted the kids to take away from the presentation and he replied with, “The main point I want them to take away is that they shouldn’t drink and drive.”
The students who watched the presentation were asked what they thought about it, and Bailey Leuthauser responded with, “It was a really interesting presentation. The stories Officer Flora told about his experiences with drunk driving were really interesting.”
The next question that was asked to the students was if there was anything that they could take away from the presentation, and Ariana Ribera answered with, “I learned that drinking can ruin my life and that I shouldn't be drinking while driving, because I don't want to risk my life ending at a young age.”
Samantha Hausmann, teacher of the English 1A class, was asked if there was anything she wanted others to know about the dangers and she replied with, “Students need to realize that their lives and the lives of others matter. It's not about ‘being cool’ or ‘fitting in,’ it's about being alive.”
According to the students, the English 1A class learned a lot about drunk driving and the dangers behind it. Thank you to Darrell Flora and the police department for presenting this matter to the students of this class.