GWINN, Mich. (WLUC) May means Prom season and the issue of drinking and driving. Gwinn High School is hosting their Prom on Saturday.
Forsyth Township EMS organized a mock DUI car crash Friday afternoon for the students.
While senior Prom can be one of the most memorable times in high school, unfortunately, a fatal car crash triggered by drinking and driving can be as well. Five people died in the UP in alcohol related crashes in 2014; the most recent numbers available. Gwinn High School Faculty and Staff, along with police, medical technicians and firefighters are hoping to drive home a strong message to students. That message was a simulated fatal car crash. Students viewed the injuries and the death of one of the five passengers. The driver went through sobriety testing and arrest procedures. Students even got to hear a personal testimony from a woman involved in a fatal crash last year.
"I was ejected out of a vehicle and a truck ended up on top of me, and it shattered my pelvis," said Passenger of Drunk Driving Accident Nicole Beaudette. "So it left me with my left leg paralyzed; which I would rather have than being dead any day."
In the United States alone, there over 10,000 alcohol related deaths per year. That's an average of one every 57 minutes. Tragically, 1,200 of the deaths are under the age of 14.
The dramatic visuals of the helpless victims and the crushed vehicles had a powerful effect on many students.
"The whole community, all the different emergency services got together and were able to put something on for everyone," said Isaac Redlone. "I know Prom is this weekend, so a lot of the guys are going to need a reminder, that it's not a good choice to drink and drive. I'm glad i got to see it."
For Nicole, she feels very blessed to be alive and wants the students to take this seriously.
"Keep your head straight, Nicole continued. "Don't worry about what other people think or what they say because you don't want to do what they want you to do."
The high school orchestrates these mock crashes once every few years. They ultimately want to save the lives of young people from becoming one of the statistics.