The Effects of Fatal Vision Goggles on Drinking and Driving Intentions in College Students

This article reports on a study that investigated the effectiveness of Fatal Vision Goggles (FVG) in reducing intentions to drink and drive in college students. FVG are a set of goggles designed to simulate the visual and motor impairment associated with various ranges of intoxication, such as spatial disorientation and loss of equilibrium. Participants performed a field sobriety task and drove in a traffic simulator while wearing the goggles. Regression analyses were performed to predict changes in intentions to drink and drive (using typical drinking patterns), the perceived likelihood of getting into a collision when drinking and driving, self-efficacy, and driving independence. Results showed that drinking and driving intentions were reduced following the use of Fatal Vision Goggles in certain groups: those that typically drink more during outings, those that believe the likelihood of collisions when drinking and driving are greater, and those less likely to drive to achieve independence and autonomy. The authors conclude that, among drivers with specific attitudes and personal characteristics, the FVG can be an effective tool in altering drinking and driving intentions.

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    • Hennessy, Dwight A
    • Lanni-Manley, Elizabeth
    • Maiorana, Nicole
  • Publication Date: 2006


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  • Accession Number: 01046712
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 14 2007 8:52AM