Students at Stone High School in Mississippi were recently given a graphic
and sobering reminder of the dangers of drunk driving in the days leading
up to prom night. Classmates re-enacted the scene of a crash involving
a drunk driver, taking steps to make it as close to real-life as possible.
This included having Stone County first responders, including paramedics,
firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, and EMTs rush to the scene.
Stone County Sheriff’s Deputies work to coordinate this re-enactment
every year as an effort to curtail drunk driving.
Captain Kevin Sharpe of Stone County DUI enforcement stated "We would rather work it here than actually go out on a real crash
and deal with the same situation." The hopes of this exhibition is
that prom night memories are not tarnished by the devastating loss of
a friend and fellow classmate due to alcohol.
Haley Smith, a senior at Stone County High School, played the role of the
911 caller during the re-enactment. Afterward she stated “It was
very eye opening. It was just a good experience to have, especially for
the whole school with prom coming up…”
The scene also included a hearse carrying away the body of a student who
was pronounced dead.
Prom Night Drunk Driving
Prom night is an event high school students around the country look forward
to the entire school year. However, for a few, it ends in tragic loss
of life that could have otherwise been preventable. The statistics every
year point to a sobering reality: most teens are unaware of the immense
danger of drinking and driving.
More than 90% of teens believe their fellow classmates will drink and drive
on prom night, but only 29% believe that doing so contains a high degree
of danger. As a result, more than half of all students consume four or
more alcoholic drinks on prom night, leading to hundreds of accidents,
injuries, and fatalities every year.
The best way to avoid having your teen fall victim to this trend is to
be prepared. Educate them in the dangers of driving drunk, and do everything
in your power to prevent them from drinking on prom night. Know where
they’ll be, and be sure to encourage them to call you and get a
ride home if they’re ever in a situation with a drunk driver or
find themselves too drunk to drive. Likewise, never host a party for teenagers
that serves alcohol; not only is this highly-illegal, but you could be
encouraging other teenagers to engage in this extremely dangerous behavior.
If you or your teenager are facing a DUI charge, bring your case to the
Law Office of Mark W. Garka, PLLC. As an experienced Mill Creek DUI attorney, I have the knowledge and ability
you need to protect your rights and privileges throughout your case. My
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