By Brian Lippai on Monday, March 6, 2017

On Friday, February 24, 2017 the Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) hosted its annual 3-D event at the Ocean County Mall Center Court. More than three hundred people, many of whom were students from six area high schools, attended the event and had the opportunity to take part in two unique and challenging DUI field sobriety tests simulators.  Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health said, "The 3-D event is always a great opportunity to engage and educate young drivers about the serious issue of driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Through the use of technology and the simulators, the students see up close the dangers of what it's like to drive while impaired."


The sobering 3-D message that drinking, drugging and driving is always a choice and never an accident was reinforced by several guest speakers, including the Honorable Thomas MacArthur, Congressman U.S. Third Congressional District and Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato. Along with the guest speakers, the event featured five Substance Awareness Counselors, participants from the New Jersey Counter Drug Task Force, the State Division of Highway and Traffic Safety and representatives from the Jackson, Lacey and Toms River Police Departments. "The message is crystal clear and we need students and residents to understand that driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs impacts the lives of too many people in Ocean County and the country every year. The 3-D event continues in helping us spread that message." said Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator.


Peter Curatolo, Director, Ocean County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, added, "the Ocean County IDRC mission is prevention. This event kicks off the Spring "Safer Driving" events we sponsor at area high schools. The 3-D turnout is just a small percentage of the 4,500 to 5,000 students we reach throughout the year at different outreach programs and events."


If you have any questions regarding the 3-D event or other IDRC programs, please call Peter Curatolo at 732-341-9700, ext. 7685.  You can also visit the Health Department’s website at www.ochd.org or follow the Health Department on Twitter@OCpublichealth or like us on Facebook.