Imagine the impact it would have on your child if he or she witnessed the reality of a drunk driving crash. It could help enforce the idea of the dangers of drinking and driving while really driving the point home with visual context. In Buena Vista, a crash drama is helping students understand the reality of a life-changing collision caused by drunk driving.
With prom season just around the corner, there has never been a more important time to discuss the dangers of drinking and driving. School events are supposed to be fun, but a night out at prom can turn deadly when teens choose to drink and drive. At Parry McCluer High School students participated in a week of activities to help them understand how alcohol affects them and could lead to injuries and fatalities. Buena Vista officers, fire trucks and ambulances come to the scene of a drama acted out by students; their presence makes it all the more realistic.
Firefighters stay to show what they have to do to get people out of vehicles when the doors are jammed. Paramedics and officers shared stories of the horrors they've seen in the past. The mock accident is as close as they can get many students to a real accident, and it may seem intense. However, if it saves lives, it's an important step to take before prom season.
Talk to your teen now. If you can prevent a drunk driver from reaching the roadways, you're helping save lives and protecting your child against a lifetime of regret from a poor decision.
Source: Roanoke.com, "Buena Vista crash drama reminds prom-bound students of DUI dangers," Alison Graham, April 20, 2018