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High School Creates Accident Scene to Fight Drunk Driving

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A football field turned into a reality check for students at Ridge View High School the Friday before prom.

The school put on its fifth Prom Promise production to show students the consequences of drinking and driving. Complete with law enforcement, first responders and a helicopter.

"You hear a lot of things, you see stuff on TV or the internet or whatever, don't drink and drive, don't drink and drive, but to actually see it happening, to bring the vehicles in and to have people acting the part it's an eye opener," said Josh Bautista, a Ridge View Senior.

"Teenagers really do go out and drink and drive and it's just gonna be hurting them in the long run," said junior Timothy Holden.

Student actors and emergency workers from the community took part to show students the seriousness of underage drinking and getting hind the wheel, like injuries, death and jail-time.

"It really gives students and chance to see what can happen to them is they choose to drink and drive and we just want to let them know that we're there for them and give them a reality of what can happen to them," said Michelle Goings, a teacher and prom sponsor at Ridge View High School.

"We don't want these students to feel like they're indestructible, even though sometimes they do. We want them to be smart, don't drink and drive, because we don't want to have incidents like these where we have to respond," said Brick Lewis with the Columbia-Richland Fire Department.

Now they are hoping students will make a prom promise not to drink and drive, a decision they hope will leave them with wonderful memories of prom graduation and beyond.

"It shows us what not to do for prom but it also shows us what to do as we get older. A bunch of us are going to college and we're not gonna be under our parents so a bunch of us are gonna have access to illegal things. We need to know what we shouldn't do to keep everything on track," said Ridge View Senior Nolan Randolph.

Ridge View Student will attend prom this weekend. A football field turned into a reality check for students at Ridge View High School the Friday before prom.

The school put on its fifth Prom Promise production to show students the consequences of drinking and driving. Complete with law enforcement, first responders and a helicopter.

"You hear a lot of things, you see stuff on TV or the internet or whatever, don't drink and drive, don't drink and drive, but to actually see it happening, to bring the vehicles in and to have people acting the part it's an eye opener," said Josh Bautista, a Ridge View Senior.

"Teenagers really do go out and drink and drive and it's just gonna be hurting them in the long run," said junior Timothy Holden.

Student actors and emergency workers from the community took part to show students the seriousness of underage drinking and getting hind the wheel, like injuries, death and jail-time.

"It really gives students and chance to see what can happen to them is they choose to drink and drive and we just want to let them know that we're there for them and give them a reality of what can happen to them," said Michelle Goings, a teacher and prom sponsor at Ridge View High School.

"We don't want these students to feel like they're indestructible, even though sometimes they do. We want them to be smart, don't drink and drive, because we don't want to have incidents like these where we have to respond," said Brick Lewis with the Columbia-Richland Fire Department.

Now they are hoping students will make a prom promise not to drink and drive, a decision they hope will leave them with wonderful memories of prom graduation and beyond.

"It shows us what not to do for prom but it also shows us what to do as we get older. A bunch of us are going to college and we're not gonna be under our parents so a bunch of us are gonna have access to illegal things. We need to know what we shouldn't do to keep everything on track," said Ridge View Senior Nolan Randolph.

Ridge View Student will attend prom this weekend.

 

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