Event Teaches Teens Reality of Driving
Under the Influence
As many senior proms and graduations are taking place, the Charleston Police
Department will take the extra step to remind students of the grave
consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The police
department will simulate a live DUI car crash involving teenagers that will
result in a fatality.
Sissonville High School will
undergo a transformation on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 beginning at 8:00 A.M.
This demonstration is part of an effort to encourage students to be safe
during the upcoming prom and graduation season. This is a powerful,
real-life demonstration of what can happen when a seemingly innocent party
with alcohol or drugs is mixed with driving.
Officers will demonstrate the initial interaction with a drunk driver. The
Fire Department will extricate victims and Emergency Medical Services will
transport victims into the school where the gymnasium has been transformed
into a trauma unit.
Emergency room nurses and a licensed social worker from Charleston Area
Medical Center, along with a trauma physician with CAMC will provide
emergency medical care to the victims. Crash victims will be portrayed by
theatre students from Sissonville High School. Volunteers from WV State
University will portray the families of the victims.
In an effort to emphasize that breaking a promise not to
drink and drive can lead
to disaster, this reenactment also includes a mock funeral, courtesy of Long
and Fisher Funeral Home.
The police hope this powerful event will prevent drinking and driving among
Sissonville High School students and their friends.
Community Services Division
The following is a list of volunteers who make with this worthwhile event
Charleston Auto Towing Service
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Charleston Area Medical Center
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia Governorís Highway Safety Office
Metro Valley Highway Safety Program
Kanawha County Metro 911
Kanawha County Commission
Long and Fisher Funeral Home
Sissonville High School
Faculty and Administration
Sissonville High School Drama
West Virginia State University Peer
Jill and Ralph Miller
Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department
Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority