Students Watch Chilling Demonstration About Consequences of Drinking and Driving

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 Hundreds of kids will be hitting the roads to go to prom this weekend, and throughout the next several weeks, but safety has to remain on everyone’s minds.

On Thursday, one local school drove the message home about the hard truth of drinking and driving. 

Ohio State Highway officials wanted to send a message to students at Edison Local before they head to prom on Saturday, so they conducted a mock crash demonstration, portraying a head-on collision caused by drunk driving.

“We’ve been on the scene of many fatal accidents with young high school students and I can still remember the first one I ever arrived on scene. It’s going to affect their lives, affect every one of them for the rest of their lives,” said Sgt. Robert Bodo with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Students were asked to put themselves inside of the crash scene and reflect on how it would affect them, their parents, and their loved ones. The demonstration really hit home for senior Cassie Allen, who played a role in the demonstration as a victim of the drunk driving accident.

“I remember being absolutely terrified and screaming and yelling and it really was a miserable experience and I would like to send out awareness to people who have been victims and to let people know that they just shouldn’t drink and drive,” she said.

Principal Matt Morrison hopes through the demonstrative approach, students will realize that the consequences of drinking and driving last forever. “It’s a very visual demonstration and the students nowadays relate to visual messages. It’s hands on and it’s creative and it reaches them,” he said.

Their message was that all of it could be prevented if students just think before drinking and driving or sending a text while behind the wheel.

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