Caddo High School students got a close-up look Thursday at what can happen to others if you drink and drive.
The Southeastern Oklahoma Traffic Safety Coalition brought a reenactment of a post-accident procedure to the school.
The coalition is comprised of first responders and law enforcement from across the state. Cunningham Funeral Service was also present to take the ‘dead’ body into a hearse.
In the reenactment, first responders use the “Jaws of Life” to remove the hood of a car hit by a drunk driver before extracting a mother who played dead and a live baby.
Durant Police Deputy Chief David Houser explained to the audience that impaired driving often leaves children without a parent.
This is all part of the year’s largest crack down on impaired driving. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is held at this time every year to crack down on and deter impaired driving in America.
With Labor Day weekend coming up and summer coming to a close, Law enforcement agencies and first responders nationwide will spend the next two-and-a-half weeks aggressively working to catch and prevent impaired drivers.
“Our mission is the same as every year, let people know don’t drink and drive,” said Houser, adding “impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. It’s also one of the most preventable. All it takes is a choice not to get behind the wheel.”
Gasps could be heard from students as they watched the live baby being pulled from the wreckage during the reenactment.
“I got chills. I was like, that actually happens to people all the time and it just made me rethink stuff that happens every day,” said Caddo Senior Therese Miller.
Caddo Superintendent Richard Thomas said that while these students are not of drinking age, he believes it is good for them to see the reality of what can happen when someone does drink and drive.
“I think it’s a good thing for kids to see the ramifications of drinking and driving and what could happen to them,” said Thomas.
“We all know alcohol is out there and kids experiment with alcohol. They can get their hands on it so they need to see at a young age what their misbehavior can result in.”
- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 634-2162 or on Twitter @jbreger_news