The often-gruesome and tragic effects of dangerous driving among teenagers were in full display for the students at Jefferson/Silva High School this week during a simulated, but very realistic mock emergency drill.
The school on Wednesday organized a Shattered Dreams mock crash, which shows students what can happen when teens choose to drink and drive. The event used crashed cars, fake blood and the intervention of actors and real-life first responders.
The simulation at Jefferson even featured a death scene complete with crying relatives, funeral home officials and several grim reapers.
“Shattered Dreams is very realistic and the images students see are very impactful,” said Principal Fred Rojas. “We want students to be aware of what can happen if they make unfortunate choices like drinking and driving … to be aware of what this all looks like.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, the percentage of teens who drink and drive has decrease significantly since 1991. Still, one in 10 teenagers say they have driven while drunk.
The CDC says young people are 17 times more likely to die in a car accident if they take the wheel with alcohol level concentration of 0.08 percent.
To learn more about how to combat teen drinnking and driving visit the SADD web page.