Photos: If you want to drive, there's only one choice

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Helping kids to make the right choice: Dean Hale, center, asks students from Voorheesville’s high school on Tuesday morning at the Beacon of Hope Center in Altamont if they plan on going to college. Hale, a recovering addict, told his life story to the students as well as reporting statistics about alcohol and drugs. Behind Hale are a collection of shoes to illustrate deaths caused by drivers who made poor choices.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Watching carefully, Altamont Police Officer Mike Greene, standing, observes a student from Clayton A. Bouton High School attempt to drive on a simulator that was set up to respond as if the student had a blood-alcohol content of .15, double the legal limit, to show how it would feel to drive drunk. This is one of the many programs that Ed Frank, a retired police officer, provides for free to area schools and other groups at his Beacon of Hope Center.

Programs at the Beacon of Hope Center show students from area schools the experiences and results of impairing their senses.