South Carolina National Guard: Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

Have you ever glanced down at your phone while driving, only to look back up and jerk the wheel because you were drifting off to the side of the road? Or, have you ever gotten behind the wheel of a car after a poor nights sleep and found it was hard to concentrate on the task at hand? Drowsy and distracted driving claims thousands of lives every year, largely because people do not believe they are driving impaired.

Fatal Vision® Drowsy Distracted Goggles provide wearers with an experience of impairment from drowsiness or distraction while driving. The purpose of these goggles is to make people aware of their choice of activities while driving, and of the potential consequences of those choices.


The Fatal Vision® Drowsy and Distracted Goggles are controlled and configured through Bluetooth using a mobile app on your phone. You will choose one of three impairment modes for the Drowsy and Distracted Goggles:

  • Mode A – Distracted Dial: simulates what could happen if someone takes his eyes off the road “just long enough” to dial a phone. Every three seconds, the goggles black out for three seconds.
  • Mode B – Distracted Text: simulates the distraction that occurs when someone reads or responds to a text. The goggles black out for 4.6 seconds to simulate the amount of time a person’s eyes and attention are on his phone, rather than on the road.
  • Mode C – Drowsy: simulates momentary micro-sleeps that build in waves until the eyes and brain shut down. The goggles black out beginning with a short half-second closure, and continue to black out for longer periods of time, progressing to a 10-second blackout.


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