Mock crash shows students the dangers of drinking and driving

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A fatal crash reenactment at Harrison High School shows students the importance of sober driving. The program used five students for a fake fatal crash involving a drunk driver.

The exercise is part of the Every 15 Minutes Program. The school has used the program for the past 10 years to show students the realities of drunk driving crashes.

“So many kids think they’re invincible and they feel like something bad won’t happen to them. We want them to see the realities,” said Harrison High School counselor Bonnie Crawford.

Harrison’s Chiquta Brown said she also wants students to know that it could happen anyone.

“I don’t want people to go out, drink and not be smart about it,” said Brown.

“When I looked around and saw all of my classmates, I realized how fortunate I was and how many blessings I have in that if I made one bad decision, all of that would be gone,” said sophomore Evan Pearl.

Prior to the exercise, one student was taken from a class every 15 minutes. Each student represented the one person that has died in the past 15 minutes from a drunk driver.

Those taken from class and the students involved in the fake crash spent the night at a hotel to reflect on Tuesday’s activities and message.

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