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Mock Crash Warns Students Of Drunken Driving Dangers

March 26, 2014, 5:00 PM by Hailey Higgins

Mock Crash Warns Students Of Drunken Driving Dangers

Emergency crews responded to a deadly crash at West Central High School Wednesday.

The call comes in to dispatch, a drunk student returning home from a party with his friends hits this van, killing the driver and injuring his wife.

The emergency crews are real, the injuries are not. The mock crash is meant to teach hundreds of students at West Central High School to think twice about drinking and driving.

"We don't want any family to have to bury their own kid before they have to leave," Bailey Meadors said.

This isn't a faculty lesson but one put together by two sophomores. Bailey Meadors and Miranda Sundermann pitched the idea to administration last December.

"I hope they get the message clear: don't drink and drive," Sundermann said.

"Our school has had kids pass away from this," Meadors said. "I don't want any kids to feel the loss and the tragedy and the hurt that goes along with the passing of kids."

Organizers hope this type of scenario, or "docudrama" as the students call it, hits home and brings out emotions in the students.

"You just can't explain how sad you are when you see the guy who you ate lunch with laying on the ground with a blanket over him, who's dead," Sadie Swier said.

After crews leave the crash site, the students will witness the victims' funeral and the drunk driver's trial. Organizers hope it's the reality check that sticks with their classmates.


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