Fatal Vision is a Campus Safety run program whose namesake is taken directly from the technology that makes it possible – Fatal Vision Goggles.
When Fatal Vision goggles are worn, they allow an individual the opportunity to experience the dangers of impairment from drugs and alcohol without suffering the real consequences. They have a first-hand account of impairment of driving skills, coordination, and personal judgment.
Fatal Vision goggles are used for instruction in all 50 states in the United States and in many countries worldwide.
Fatal Vision is a specially designed and manufactured pair of goggles that simulate the visual impairment caused by alcohol or other drugs. Fatal Vision goggles appear similar to goggles worn while working in a woodshop, mechanic shop, or while working in the yard. Fatal Vision goggles have specially cut lenses that distort visual perception. Viewing through the goggles is rather clear, but confusing to the mind. When wearing them, a person sees things in a distorted view, as if they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The wearer experiences a loss of equilibrium, which is one of the effects of intoxication. Once a person has them on, they are asked to perform certain tasks that under non-intoxicated circumstances would not seem difficult to complete. With the distortion of the goggles, the tasks become difficult and sometimes even impossible to accomplish. Both the wearer and those observing are convinced that such impairment makes activities with known risks, such driving a vehicle, very dangerous.