Mock DWI Crash Teaches Teens A Lesson
Around 500 students gathered in a Watertown High School parking lot Friday morning to see a mock car crash caused by a pretend impaired driver.
Police, fire, and ambulance crews participated in the presentation to give students an idea of what can happen when an individual drinks and drives.
A police officer narrated as rescue crews cut into the damaged vehicles, removing "victims" and arresting the alleged drunk "driver".
Both police and students say the presentation was effective.
"I thought it was pretty realistic," said student Kenny Schimpf.
"It was pretty scary and life-altering, I guess you would say."
"It does happen and it can happen," said Watertown police officer Scott McIntyre, "and that's what I think kids need to realize, that it can happen."
A funeral was held inside after the presentation for a student who "died" in the crash.
His bloodied "ghost" watched as his fellow students paid their respects.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Watertown, NY
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