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Lowcountry high school students make pledge after drunk driving simulation

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Tuesday morning, students at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School got the chance to see firsthand the consequences of driving drunk.

We watched as first responders ran through a simulation of what would happen in a terrible car crash - all to make sure their message came across loud and clear.

With prom season, spring break, and graduation right around the corner, Jasper County first responders and school officials teamed up for the DUI prevention presentation at the high school, but they did more than just lecture students. They showed them exactly what could happen and the consequences of their actions when they’re behind the wheel. More than 700 students gathered outside their classrooms for the hard-hitting lesson in reality - witnessing exactly what happens in the worst case scenario of driving under the influence.

Jasper County and Ridgeland Police and Fire Rescue, along with SLED and South Carolina Highway Patrol set up an emergency response
simulation for a fatal car crash where drivers were driving while drunk, distracted, and texting. They used their peers as reenactors to make it real for the students. The goal is to make sure the message hits close to home.

“To get these kids to see that up close and personal, maybe it will make them think the next time that they get in their vehicle. That, “hey I need to do what I’m supposed to do. I need to buckle my seat belt. I need to drive the speed limit. I need to not drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car, and I need to limit those distractions.' No text is worth getting in a crash like this," said Lance Corporal Matt Southern, SC Highway Patrol. 

At the end of the presentation, they had all the students sign a “Prom Promise," pledging that they won’t drink and drive during prom this year. First responders hope this is a lesson that students will take with them for the rest of their lives. 

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