A sobering message for students at Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy on Thursday. They saw how drunk driving can ruin lives.
Emergency responders simulated a deadly drunk driving crash in front of the entire student body. They set up a crash scene, involving two cars with four of their peers.
Students had to watch as dozens of emergency responders jumped into action.
For some, it was just too much to see their friends being part of the crash, even though they knew it was staged.
Firefighters, police officers and paramedics went through everything they would have in a real life fatal crash.
Authorities purposely put this event on, before we head into prom season and graduation, where drinking can happen, to show the consequences of drunk driving.
“The impact that they get seeing their classmates hopefully should make them realize that making one poor choice can drastically change hundreds of lives,” said Officer Kelly Raybuck.
This program is called “Every 15 Minutes,” based on the statistic that in the U.S. someone dies every 15 minutes in an alcohol-related crash.
On Friday, a school-wide assembly will be held to go over everything students saw.
This event takes six months of planning to put on, but officials said if they can make a difference and save one life, it’s worth it.