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Drivers reminded of familiar tips ahead of July 4 holiday


GAINESVILLE, TX -- As summer travel kicks into overdrive, there was an unexpected spectacle at the Gainesville Travel Information Center for many drivers like Melissa Maguire and her three boys.

"It was a shocker but definitely something worth seeing," she said.

The purpose of the event, hosted by TxDOT and DPS, was to remind drivers of the basics of being safe on the roads.

In one demonstration, travelers were shown a simulation of what could happen if a vehicle flipped at 35 miles-per-hour if the passengers weren't wearing seatbelts.

Travelers also tried on "Fatal Vision Goggles," designed to show people how impaired you become if your blood alcohol level is between .17 and .20, more than twice the legal limit.

"If you can't walk do you actually think that someone at this impairment level can actually drive?" TxDOT traffic safety coordinator Patsy Walls said.

"Everything was like a blurry haze," Forth Worth resident Barry Cooper said after attempting a heal-to-toe test wearing the goggles.

It was a fun way to drive home a serious message.

"The overall message that we're trying to put out today is safety. Wear your seatbelt, even in the backseat, and don't drink and drive. We want you to have a good time. You need to be able to enjoy your vacations, enjoy summer, and enjoy family but we want you to get their safely," DPS Trooper Mark Tackett said.