HIRAM — The public and Hiram College community are invited to attend the "Buzzed Driving" educational event from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3 in Hiram College Kennedy Center.

Sponsored by the Hiram Police Department, the college and AAA, the event is intended to teach visitors about the risks of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

Participant will be invited to wear the "Drunk Buster" goggles, which simulate the effects of intoxication, then perform simple motor skills tasks, including "Impaired Putt Putt," an obstacle course, field sobriety tests and other challenges. Literature on the adverse effects of drunken driving and raffles with prizes also will be provided.

April also is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a united effort to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving, and Hiram police are reminding the public that distracted driving is a public health issue.

The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6 percent from 2017. More than 37,000 people were killed on U.S. roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor.