McMinn Co. students learn about dangers of driving under the influence

5:27 PM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
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Students in McMinn County got a first hand look at the dangers of driving under the influence on Wednesday.

The McMinn County Rescue Squad partnered with McMinn County High School's life skills program to host a mock wreck presentation. In addition to the wrecked car, the program included video with student actors and actresses that set the scene for the crash and showed jail, hospital and memorial scenes after it happened.

Organizers say they want to give students a realistic idea of the potential consequences of drunk driving.

"I think it's just a really great message. It teaches that what you do affects others. How you conduct yourself and the choices you make could ultimately hurt those that  you love the most," said senior Lauren Dawson.

"Our goal, I mean we've said this several times, if we can save one person's life then it's worth it. And that is every bit what we're trying to do; just trying to make a difference," said senior Kyle Cheney.

This is the 26th year that McMinn County has shown a drunk driving wreck simulation. Life skills students have been involved for the past decade.

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