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Mock DUI accident teaches George Co. students a sobering lesson


By Patrice Clark – bio | email

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - George County High School's parking lot was transformed into a trauma center Friday. Hundreds of students watched a drunk driving dramatization take place in front of them.

George County Regional Hospital and emergency crews staged the accident to show teens what can happen if underage drinking is mixed with driving.

It was a sad and shocking scene with wrecked cars and severely injured students spread across the school's parking lot. All were involved in a three car DUI accident.

A couple of minutes later, a convoy emergency vehicles speed up first responders then jump out to save lives. Some kids left on stretchers, others in body bags. The tragic scene was caused by a drunk driver.

The good news was that none of it was real, but it was designed to feel real, and impart a very real message about drinking and driving.

"Wrecks, people's lives, friendship, love ones lost, it's horrible," student Jocelin Havard said.

"Just don't drink and drive. Stay safe, have fun and be careful," Dathan Eddins said.

Alcohol Alert reports more than 3,000 people in the United States have died in drunk driving accidents so far this year. George County Regional Hospital's Joel Turner said prom and graduation season are the right time to drive this message home.

"Our community has had numerous tragic accidents over the last year, which has resulted in many deaths," Turner said.

Turner hopes Friday's exercise will prevent any of the students from becoming another statistic.

"When they can actually see their classmate being put in a body bag and that bag zipped up, and their classmate being put in a hearse and driven away, that really hits home."

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