The twisted metal of two broken vehicles lay strewn over the roadway. The chaos and horror of tragedy is punctuated by screams of pain and desperation. It’s a grisly and gory scene that worsens as the emergency crews discover those involved in this crash are students from Lakes High School on their way home from a the Prom. The odor of alcohol is evident; empty beer cans lie on the ground beside their crushed car. The driver begs, desperately, for forgiveness from his friend as he is blamed for killing their good friend. Alcohol, lack of a seatbelt, inexperience and high speed add up to one person critically injured, one dead, one arrested, and many lives changed forever.
This is the scene that was created on the Lakewood Fire District 2 Training Center on Thursday, May 20th for the 2009 graduating class at Lakes High School. “Crashes Aren’t Accidents” was the theme for the DUI Assembly. The graduating class of 2009 wants not only their classmates, but everyone to know that “Crashes Aren’t Accidents”. Crashes are preventable and the purpose of hosting this assembly was to give students a taste of the reality of their choices. Lakewood Fire District 2, Lakewood Police, Lakewood Towing, Mountain View Funeral Home and teachers and students from Lakes High School, created the most realistic scene possible.
The intended hope of this activity was to increase awareness and encourage students at Lakes High School to make wise choices. Every year in America, students are killed or seriously injured as the result of a DUI related crash. Although drug use continues a downward trend among high school students, alcohol use remains the #1 drug of choice. 15 – 20 year olds are the highest risk age group for dying in a car crash. The hope of the agencies involved is that these students will take this message to heart and our community will not have to suffer the tragic loss of having one of our sons or daughters die.
Remember: Every 32 minutes someone is the United States will die in an alcohol-related fatality. So, do your part to not become a statistic, DON’T DRINK & DRIVE.