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Students Take Part In 4-D Kick Off Event

December 3, 2013, 5:04 PM by Leland Steva

Students Take Part In 4-D Kick Off Event
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It may sound like something you'd see at a movie theater, but 4-D is found many South Dakota schools.  Police and other organizations are teaming up to teach students about the dangers of Drunk, Drugged and Distracted Driving.

62 South Dakota teens have died in alcohol-related crashes since 2006. The Coalition For A Drug-Free South Dakota and student leaders from eight area schools got together Tuesday in hopes of preventing future tragedies.

Student leaders got behind the wheel to get a hands on lesson in drunk, drugged and distracted driving.  It's knowledge they'll take back with them to their respective schools.

"If you're going to a party and saying, 'No that I won't drink.'  It's a lot easier to do that then to face the consequences that you can get from drinking," O'Gorman Junior Michaela Goldhammer said.

In addition to trying out the simulator, students came up with a plan to raise awareness at their schools. Shannan McQuade and Goldhammer are juniors at O'Gorman High School.

"I would advise them to really think about what they're choosing to do. Whether it's doing their homework or studying for finals, or if it's a bigger issue like at a party if you choose to drink or not," McQuade said.

Sioux Falls Police Officer Jim Larson was the guest speaker, and he gave these students real life examples of what can happen when you drink and drive.  He believes prevention should start at a young age.

"If we can get to this generation as they move ahead in their schools and as they move ahead in society, we can affect future generations without having to react to it, it will already be taken care of," Larson said.

Larson hopes what students experience will prevent them from making a tragic choice in the future.

"I hope they realize how a lot of this stuff can be prevented.  It's stuff that the coalition and their counselors and their teachers and their parents are trying to get them to understand," Larson said.

Larson said that alcohol use seems to be dropping in high schools, but there is a rise in e-cigarette use.

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