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Mock DWI Crash: Promoting Safe Driving

Written By: Asha McKenzie
Mock DWI Crash: Promoting Safe Driving


BATH (WENY) -- Graphic and Gruesome. First responders rushing to the scene of flipped cars and lifeless teenagers.
     That was the scene shown to push an important message. 
     "Don't let this happen. Don't let this become a reality. This impacts your friends, your family and the communities," New York State Trooper, Tabitha Mayhew.
     Graphic and Gruesome.
     First responders rushing to the scene of flipped cars and lifeless teenagers.
     That was the scene shown to push an important message.
     Students say, what they saw today was as close to reality as they ever want to get.
     "I can't imagine what it would be like, really," said Brooke Rowe, one of the teenage actors in the simulation. "I would be freaking out too much to really understand what was going on."
     "Yea, I'd be terrified," said Brooke Beach, another teen actor in the mock car crash. "How I acted today wouldn't be compared to how I would act if it really happened."
     According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 31% of teens who've been killed in car accidents had been drinking.    
     In 2012, a person died every 51 minutes from drunk driving crashes. 
     Ryan Mingos, a student at Corning East says he never wants him or his friends to be in a situation like this.
     "Please don't drink and drive, that's the worst thing that could happen. I wouldn't want to go to your funeral."
     Criminal Justice Teacher Scott Richardson helped organize the re-enactment.
     He said this seemed so real.
     "I've been a police officer over 27 years and even this brought the hairs on the back of my neck," said Richardson. It's like almost seeing my kids their in the accident."
     After it was done, some of his students approached with tears.
     He says if this message reached just one person, they've done their job.
     "It's pretty emotional, it kind of hit home for a lot of these kids," said Richardson. "The reality that it can happen. We're not bulletproof."

 THIS IS A SIMULATION