Students see drinking and driving impacts first hand

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NASHUA, IA- One north Iowa high school is painting a real-life picture of the consequences after drinking and driving.

“Drew, please wake up,” called a voice coming from one of the crashed vehicles.

The mock scene is set, and the audience in place.

“We’re just showing kids the consequences that this could have on them and it’s not just effecting one person, it’s effecting a whole community,” said Student Organizer, Tyler Franzen.

An accident just occurred. The driver of the white car has been drinking and the two people in the other vehicle..are in bad shape.

This is part of a program called “Every 15 Minutes” that Nashua-Plainfield high school students get to experience once every four years around prom and graduation time.

“To raise awareness for how bad drunk driving is especially for teenagers because there’s a lot of teens that drink just from peer pressure and stuff and we want people to know how dangerous it is,” said Student Organizer, Miranda Wagner.

As emergency crews arrive, they get to work, extracting one of the victims.

“I need you to hold your head still. What happened? We were just driving and the car hit us,” said the emergency responder to one of the crash victims.

Meanwhile, the drunk driver is dealing with police.

After the survivor is loaded in the ambulance, attention shifts to the unresponsive driver named drew.
He’s declared dead on the scene, with his parents looking on.

“When drew’s mom and dad were coming up there and she was crying, I was like oh my gosh, like this is almost real and if this actually happened what would we do,” said Franzen.

These parents say it’s a situation they hope to never really experience.

“It’s not hard to hold back the tears because it’s something that is a reality, if we can just save one life by doing this, it’s worth it,” said Parents of the victim involved in the skit, Dan and Annette Dietz.

And they hope to send these students home with an important message.

“Have a safe ride home, don’t risk your life and others. First of all, try not to make the mistake, but if you do, be smart and phone a friend, so that it doesn’t happen,” said the Dietz.

They are also taking a student out of class every 15 minutes and reading their obituary to signify the amount of people who die in alcohol related crashes.

Tomorrow, students get to witness a mock funeral service for the victim. Organizers expect that to be very emotional and will help hammer the point home.

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