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Mock DUI Car Crash Teaches Teens the Reality of Drinking and Driving

Just days before the senior prom, a live, simulated DUI car crash presentation resulted in one death and several serious injuries. The dramatic program is designed to teach students about the grave consequences of drinking alcohol and/or taking drugs, and then driving a motor vehicle.

The 12th annual Cheat the Reaper” Teen Anti-DUI program was held on Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center parking lot on Miami Beach.

The award-winning program was enacted in front of a 1,000 high school students from Miami Beach and Miami Northwestern. The “real-life” drama, a gallon of fake blood, loads of make-up, crashed vechicles and groaning students had a very emotional impact on the onlookers. Mostly made up of students, teachers and a few parents.

“If experience is the best teacher, then the goal is of this program is to substitute an actual experience with a realistic educational experience. We hope that it can be used as a reference for good judgment at the moment when peer pressure may force students to make difficult choices on prom night,” stated Fire Inspector David Mogen, public education coordinator, Miami Beach Fire Department.

As part of the re-enactment, every agency that would normally be called upon to respond to this type of incident does what they normally do. The police respond and perform the accident investigation, sobriety test and arrest.  Fire rescue extricates the victims, stabilizes them and transports them to the Hospital.  Four funeral home attendants examine, carry and load the deceased into a black hearse.

To create an even more dramatic impact, a mock funeral for the deceased, arranged by Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels, ended the program.

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