Staged accident shows students real consequences of drunk driving

Staged accident shows students real consequences of drunk driving

ARP (KYTX) - Memorial day starts the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers, according to triple a statistics.  A large portion of those deaths are a result of drunk driving.  

That's why one local high school is putting on a powerful program this week to show the real consequences of drinking and driving.  

It looks like a real accident, with the the crunched metal, the gruesome injuries. It sounds like a real accident as helicopters and loud sirens fill the air.

Law enforcement from all over the county rushes to the scene of what seems like a very real drunk driving collision.

"Too real," says Dana Frost. 
Her son Michael is one of the Arp High School students acting in the Shattered Dreams program, a powerful anti drunk driving campaign meant to show kids what really can, and really does happen.  

Michael Frost is one of three students who, as a part of the scripted program, will die from the accident. 

Arp senior Amanda or "Mandy" Alibrando is the one who is scripted to die on scene.  In front of the entire high school, a Justice of the Peace pronounces her dead, and a funeral home hearse takes her from the scene.   

"It really seems realistic when you start getting into it," Alibrando says.

She says the entire program is extremely emotional, because it seems so real.  Many students are acting as they scream, but many are crying real tears as they imagine their friends and siblings dying in the accident. 

After a fake failed sobriety test, the student body watches the drunk driver get arrested.  

"I think if people take it the way it's meant to be taken then it could really make a change," Alibrando says. "Especially if you think about how it could be one of your friends of one of your family members in the situation."
That's exactly what Dana Frost is having to imagine.
"When they pulled him out, my daughter was the one who ran out to him and started screaming, and I lost it," she says.
Frost says letting her son be a part of the program is beyond difficult, but the lesson it teachers her kids is worth it.  
"This can happen. Even after one drink. It can happen," she says.

The students in the fake accident will sleep at a church Thursday night, and have no contact with friends or family. Friday morning, students, staff and families will attend a fake funeral.  

This Shattered Dreams program is conducted nationwide. It was originally called Every Fifteen Minutes, and on the organization's website, statistics show that after the program, students are less likely to drink and drive.  


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