Students Learn Dangers of Impaired Driving

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 05/08 2014 02:28PM

Updated 05/09 2014 07:55AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Emergency crews could be seen speeding to an accident at Central High School on Thursday.

While the response was real, the accident was not.

The mock crash was set up to shock students and teach them about the dangers of driving impaired. 

Wally Patrick, Emergency Management Director for Heartland Regional Medical Center, lost his son in a crash and hopes the demonstration might save lives.

"I don't want to see other parents go through what my wife and I went through.  We want to really impress upon these other kids that this can occur and it happens so rapidly and there is no going back," said Patrick.

Although the demonstration was emotional for some, it was educational for everyone. 

"We had lots of kids who became upset after watching the videos. It's a lot to take in and we hope that they get the message of how dangerous drinking and driving, texting and driving, and any type of distracted driving is," said CHS Resource Officer Mike Hardin.

Central student, Kylee Harter, played the victim in the demonstration which allowed her to get the message from a different perspective. 

"Being involved in it really opened my eyes and let me know how important it is to practice safe driving," said Harter.

While students were the audience for this exercise, those involved say the lessons are important for everyone who operates a vehicle.

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