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Pearl River Central Students Say "Don't Drink And Drive"

The "Your Future, Your Choice" campaign gave Coast high school students a chance to write and produce their own PSA on any pressing issue facing teens today.

"We choose this topic because drinking and driving is a major issue in our high school," 12th grader Ashley Peterson said. "There's been many accidents, a lot of accidents and maybe we might help prevent a few cases."

The public service announcement began running just before the school's prom last year. Students say their sobering message touched a lot of young lives.

"I thought it was an effective commercial because it really makes people think twice of what could really happen to them if they drink and drive," 11th grader Josh Alderman said.

"I know a lot of my friends told me it hit home to them, that maybe it could happen to one of us or a member of their family," 11th grader Marrina Ladner said.

"I think it was effective because even though teens are still drinking, it makes them want to have a designated driver," Peterson said.

"They're more aware of the reality of drinking and driving what it can do, mess people's lives up," senior Matt Jones said.

Jones and others say they are proud to have taken part in a TV spot they say is saving lives. The hope is that the scenario created in their public service announcement isn't played out during this year's prom season.

School officials say during last year's prom, there were no alcohol-related accidents involving students. And they're hoping for a repeat performance during this year's prom.

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