This one is a little different than our other vehicles – it doesn’t have doors or a roof and it doesn’t use gas. It is actually a four-wheeled cart with seating for one, a steering wheel and foot pedals.
The purpose of the vehicle is for people to drive it while wearing impairment goggles that mimic the effects of driving while under the influence of alcohol or 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 simulate driving while under the influence of marijuana.
Participants strap on the goggles of their choice and attempt to drive the cart through a closed course. The cart debuted at last week’s Citizens Academy where Academy members attempted to drive around a series of orange cones while “impaired.”
If you’d like to try out the cart and goggles, visit us at the Eden Prairie Citywide Open House on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 – 2. We will have a course set up in the police department parking lot at 8080 Mitchell Road.