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Sober Graduation

Published on: 6/19/2014 3:19 PM

April 30, 2003

About 80 high school journalism students from two dozen high schools in Santa Clara County paid a visit to the Main Jail as part of the annual Sober Graduation event. Their job: view some of the harsh realities that come with drinking and driving and report what they saw in their respective campus newspapers.

Escorted by Correctional Officers, the students were allowed a first-hand look at intake booking, the various holding cells and processing.

The groups were then shown some of the housing units in the Main Jail. The tour culminated in the staff briefing room, where the students had an opportunity to wear special goggles that simulate being under the influence of alcohol. Some brave souls wore the goggles and tried a heel-to-toe field sobriety test with entertaining results.

In the briefing room, the students heard from, and asked questions of, Capt. David Gottlieb, Main Jail commander, Marc Buller, deputy district attorney, and Donna Rose, a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) who survived a crash caused by a drunken driver.