Mock crash gets students attention: learn never to drive impaired

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 4:01pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 8:05am

From texting behind the wheel to drinking and driving, it's just not something anyone should ever do. But sometimes, teenagers make the wrong choices. That why students at Walker High School got a physical lesson; a first-hand look at what can happen when you drive distracted or drunk.

Two cars crashed head on, all because one of the drivers chose to drink and drive.

"I am in the passenger side of the drunk car and I am ejected through the windshield," said Walker student, Cade Marsh

Cade Marsh has experienced first-hand the effects of impaired driving. He says it's unacceptable.

"It was my uncle and he actually died from it he ran into the back of an 18-wheeler,” noted Marsh. “The funeral was very sad."

Now, the students at Walker High are seeing what happens when bad decisions are made behind the wheel.

"The fact they see kids they go to school with acting out these roles really hits home to them," said Louisiana State Trooper, Jared Sandifer.

Police, fire fighters and ambulance crews arrive on scene but Cade didn't make it and the driver of the other car is badly injured.

The impaired driver gets arrested as the injured girl heads to the hospital. All of these scenes are as close to real as possible and Cade says acting Wednesday was a humbling experience.

“I think it makes the whole thing a little more personal and just that much more in depth,” said Marsh.

Many of the students say this whole mock accident taught them a very important lesson.

“Texting while driving is not worth losing anyone over so it’s best to wait,” said Walker High School student, Victoria Owens

“Texting and driving can always wait/ you should never drink and drive," said Walker student, Olivia Arnold.

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