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Worth Co. students get sobering look at drinking and driving

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It's prom season a time when all of us parents worry about our kids on the roads.

It's also a time when law officers concentrate on reminding teen drivers the importance of being safe behind the wheel and avoiding driving under the influence. In Worth County, they're hoping to make a lasting impact on students.

Officers say getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, can be one of the most dangerous thing you can do all day.

Officer Ronnie Graddy sees accidents all the time, he says the outcome of fatal crashes are devastating, not only for the victim and family, but for the person responsible too.

Today high school students in Worth County got to witness what an alcohol related crash would be like involving their fellow classmates.

Students got the full experience without any real consequences. Students watched intently as officers handcuffed the drunk driver, paramedics worked on the injured, firefighters helped remove victims from the car, and a helicopter whisked away someone who was fighting for their life.

Reginald Jackson acted as one of the injured students in the crash. He says it was the reality of the experience that touched him the most. "Putting the neck brace on being put on the stretcher, being loaded in and carried off and being worked on, the whole process really made it all seem real," he said.

Inside the ambulance, he says the experience hit hard. "The more they worked on me and talked to me the more it made me feel like I really was a victim," he said.

Something he hopes others took as seriously as he did, "I do advise everyone to watch out during prom as far as drinking drugs anything of that nature speeding anything else, that could cause a situation like that to happen," he said.

Officers say if what they did today, can save one life or make a difference it one families life, it was worthwhile

Officers say this weekend, if you see someone doing something they shouldn't be doing, be a good friend and do not let them get behind the wheel of a vehicle, because you never know when an accident will happen.

Officers advise everyone to live for tomorrow, because if there is no tomorrow then what are you living for.

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