Ford has created a new “Drugged Driving Suit" that helps to simulate the effects of drugs including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and heroin.

Ford has created a new “Drugged Driving Suit" that helps to simulate the effects of drugs including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and heroin.

Set to be incorporated into the Ford Driving Skills for Life driver education program, the specially-designed suit was created to teach young people about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs.

The suit was developed with the assistance of scientists from the Meyer-Hentschel Institute and simulates the effects of drugged driving a number of different ways.  Since some drug users report seeing flashing lights in their peripheral field of vision, Ford recreated the effect with special goggles. The goggles can also give people tunnel vision and produce colorful visual effects to simulate LSD use.

Besides the goggles, the suit has neck, elbow, and knee bandages which restrict and slow a driver's movements.  The suit also features wrist and ankle weights to reduce reactions times.  There's also a "tremor" generator to simulate trembling hands.

Unfortunately, Ford says the suit is necessary as drugged driving is on the rise and nearly 18 percent of all motor vehicle driver deaths in the United States involve drugs other than alcohol. The company also points out a 2013 survey indicated that approximately 9.9 million people in the United States reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs.

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