Updated 05/09/2012 06:24 PM
Mock DWI promotes safe prom night
Prom season is here. But this time of year isn't only about the dresses and limos. It's also one of the most active times for drunk driving crashes. Emergency officials and students at Bath's Haverling High School demonstrated the true dangers of drunk driving in a mock DWI demonstration Wednesday. Our Lara Greenberg tells us what effect it had on students
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BATH, N.Y. -- "We had a fatal in the backseat of the car that was struck. We had another serious physical injury in the front passenger and additional injuries to the rear passenger and the driver. And this is, unfortunately, a very real scenario."
Thankfully it wasn't real. But it felt like it for the students who watched the DWI scene unfold in the Haverling High parking lot.
"I'm close with a lot of these friends and it's just gets to you when something that close, something that fragile can happen," said senior Taylor Pesesky.
"I'm hoping that since we're kids in school, it's going to take a toll on some of our friends and they're going to make better decision on prom night," said junior David DuBois.
District Attorney Brooks Baker says almost once a year, a teen dies because of drunk driving in Steuben County. And for these teenagers, it doesn't take much to make this a reality. Officials say it could be as much as one can of beer.
"It doesn't change the fact that they're going to prison. We've prosecuted drunk driving case at .02 with high school students because one drink's too much for some kids," said Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker.
It's the first mock DWI event the schools' held in about four years.
"You drive to the different towns and you see all the things on the side of the roads, all the memorials. I think it's a very good thing that we're doing this and trying to bring it back and help people to make the right choices."
So they can make it to graduation day and beyond.
A number of districts have already had their proms. Bath is holding its junior-senior prom on Saturday night.