Jackson teenagers learn the consequences of drunk-driving ahead of prom

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Prom is right around the corner for students in the Jackson Metro area and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department is reaching out to teens, hoping to avoid tragedy.

No drinking and driving is the message at Callaway High School just days before the school’s prom.

The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department simulated a drunk-driving crash for students.

“With these simulations it’s not what we would actually see, cars crumbled up, people bloody. But this is as close as it can get to the real thing.”

JPD, the Jackson Fire Department and AMR all responded to the scene where students pretended to be hurt or dead.

Some students, like Keyasia Pitts, were even placed inside body bags.

“Being in a body bag, it just really brought the attention to my eyes that this can really happen,” said Keyasia Pitts, a student at Calloway High School.

“It was very hard to see my babies laying there. It was very hard to see that that could possibly be the result of drunk-driving and they don’t learn from the message here today,” said Chucconna Anderson, the Assistant Principal of Callaway High School.

According to the National Highway Safety Commission, 52 people across the USA, die daily as a result of drinking and driving.

More than 1,400 teenagers, under the age of 18, have admitted to drinking and driving.

“You could easily lose your life or cause someone else to lose their life because of your bad decisions,” said Kayla Pitts, a student at Callaway High School.

At Wednesday’s demonstration, Harrell Blackman learned how a bad decision could land him in a lot of trouble.

He played the role of the drunk driver.

Blackman was given a breathalyzer test, put in handcuffs, and put in the back of a police car.

“It encourages me not to drink and drive or do any other illegal drugs because it can hurt me and an innocent person,” said Blackman.

I think the simulation was an eye opener for our kids to actually see their classmates on the ground, injured at the result of drunk-driving. I think this was a real eye opener for them. I hope they take what they learned today and apply it Friday night at the prom,” said Assistant Principal Anderson.

The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department hopes to do a simulation at all high schools in the county.

 

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