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First responders sponsor DUI Program

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April 8, 2008

Albany -- Dougherty County First Responders say they are tired of pulling injured or dead young drivers out of car crashes, especially when drinking and driving is the cause.

First Responders put on a DUI Reenactment for local high school juniors and seniors at the Civic Center Tuesday morning, to try to prevent more drunk driving crashes. Paramedics, firefighters, and Police demonstrated how victims can be seriously injured or killed in car crashes.

Then an inmate serving 13 years for killing two people in a DUI crash spoke to the students, telling how his life, and his families lives have changed since his conviction.

Students praised the program, and said it is needed. Westover High Senior Kori Phillips said "It affected me. And I think it affected most students." Westover High Senior Jason Jones said "You never know what could happen. They don't think about the bad stuff. They always think about parties and stuff like that. But I think it had a positive impact on all the students who came."

Most of the South Georgia high schools will hold their proms in the next month, and first responders hope this program will keep students from drinking and driving, and becoming another statistic.

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