Spring Break is getting closer, and a group of high school students are making sure their classmates know the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Student Council at Sharyland Pioneer High School and local first responders created a simulation of a fatal accident. A tragedy that left four teens dead. But it’s a tragedy with a bigger purpose.
Sharyland Pioneer High School Junior Rebecca Salazar says, “Well it’s really important, the fact that we can have a chance to save a person’s life and being able to encourage students to be safer during spring break. It’s really important to all of us actually.”
For a month the student council and drama students had meetings to discuss and prepare for some of the different elements they’d incorporate.
Student Council President Andres Galvan says, “Really seeing your friends, the people you’ve grown up with all your life and things like that. Dead there on the cars, as if they were the real ones at the scene. It really hits you hard, and I guess our goal is to limit the amount of things happening.”
James Heath – Sharyland Pioneer High School Principal, “It’s really student led. We gave it to them and they put it together. They wrote the scripts, and we did some of the arrangements on the adult-side of it. But the students did most of the work here.”
While the “tragedy” was nothing more than excellent acting, it is a reminder of what can really happen when someone takes the wheel after drinking.
For more information on how to stress the importance of driving sober to your teens visit nhtsa.gov