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Tech solutions for safe roads offered in Ontario County

County leaders got a chance Wednesday to experience what it’s like to drive while fueled by alcohol or marijuana.

No arrests were made or needed — they were all wearing Fatal Vision Goggles, which simulate impairment from marijuana and at various blood alcohol (BAC) content levels from .07 percent to .25 percent.

Members of the Ontario County Traffic Safety Board, Safety Council and county-wide professionals interested in traffic safety met at the county’s Safety Training Facility Wednesday. There, they tested out the Fatal Vision Goggles and learned about ignition interlock device options and seatbelt use.

They also got a preview of advances in technology that will help police pinpoint the use of mobile devices in crashes or distracted driving incidents.

The Fatal Vision Goggles, owned and loaned to various agencies by Ontario County STOP-DWI, are currently being used by The Partnership for Ontario County, the Canandaigua Police Department, and various driver’s education programs, according to STOP-DWI Administrator Sue Cirencione.

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