Simulated crash warns Tennessee students of drinking and driving dangers

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Prom season is an exciting time of year for juniors and seniors in high school, but it’s an even more important time to think about drinking and driving.

White House Heritage High School in Robertson County put together a mock-crash this week for their students.

They walked out to the school’s parking lot to four of their classmates in two cars that looked like they crashed head on.

The driver called police telling them she had been drinking, the driver in the other car was pinned in and the two passengers didn’t make it.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Robertson County EMT’s, police, firefighters and even an air ambulance responded so students get the full experience. They put the fake dead in body bags and brought out the Jaws of Life.

Officers simulated giving the teen driver a field sobriety test and arresting her.

Although, the injuries and the deaths were not real, to these kids the message is.

“They make it so real I mean all of us are shaking whenever we watch it because it’s just so real and the people that do it, last year it was a friend of mine, they say they are crying real tears because it just seems so real. We take it to heart,” said student Marcella Marrier.

“I get caught up in it every time because this is my second year doing it, last year I kind of got emotional too. This year I knew what was going to happen but I still got emotional because this happens in real life. So just seeing this it does hit home because that happens every day,” added student Whitney Hutson.

The mock-crash is produced entirely by the students, so the message really is peer-to-peer.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

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