Local students learn impactful lesson on the effects of driving under the influence


As prom and graduation approaches; officials, teachers and parents hope that the memory of what was seen inside the Four States Fair Grounds Wednesday morning will remain fresh in students’ minds for years to come.

Local high school students watched silently and attentively as classmates and members of local police and fire departments re-enacted a mock crash, caused by a drunk driver.

The re-enacment is part of the “Shattered Dreams” program which raises awareness about the dangers of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs. This mock accident brought to life the consequences of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and taught students a lesson on making smart and responsible choices.

This morning, Senior students from DeKalb, Hooks, James Bowie, Liberty-Eylau, Maud, New Boston, Redwater and Texas High came together to watch the acted out crash scene involving a group of teens who drove after drinking.

Students watched as the fatal consequences of the wreck began developing while emergency responders, ambulances, and police arrived on scene. Following the mock crash students viewed a video of the serious legal results following the event and listened to Amie Jo Robinson of Longview who shared her tragic story of the collision with a drunk driver that took the life of her 2-year old daughter.

Irene Webster TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist finished the presentation by saying, “I know that they will make good choices and good decisions with prom coming around and graduation. . . We care about what happens to you, we don’t want to see you out there on the highway injured or killed, we want you to look after each other.”

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