Mock DWI Drill Held at Junior/Senior HS
CLYDE, N.Y. – With prom season just around the corner, it’s important to have conversations with students about the importance of making safe, responsible decisions. That’s why the Clyde-Savannah Central School District, in collaboration with local first responders, hosted a Mock DWI scene in the parking lot of the high school on Thursday, May 25.
“This was an excellent opportunity for our students to observe the negative impacts of drinking and driving,” said Dr. Pawlak, Senior High School Principal. “We always want our students to be safe, especially with prom and graduation around the corner.”
The mock DWI recreated the aftermath of what a drunk driving car accident could look like. This included a fictional scenario where students were injured and needed immediate, life-saving medical attention. Mercy Flight was even brought to the Clyde-Savannah campus, landing next to the baseball fields. One of the vehicles was also lit on fire.
The whole demonstration was made to feel real, but was closely monitored for safety and protection. The hope is to encourage students to make the right decisions on prom night.
“This Mock DWI event was held prior to the upcoming event of the Junior/Senior prom. With prom often being associated with fun, excitement, and memorable moments, it is crucial that students understand the potential risks and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable evening for everyone involved,” said School Resource Officer Henderson, “By creating a simulated accident scene with student actors, law enforcement, medical and fire personnel, and even having the advantage of mercy flight taking part in this event, the Mock DWI offers a powerful demonstration that students witness firsthand the devastating impact that a single poor decision can have on their lives and the lives of others.”
The demonstration can be scary, and counseling was made available afterwards for students and staff who needed it. Officer Henderson says she hopes the lessons learned from it will stay with the kids.
“I want the students to have a fun and memorable night, all the while, making smart and safe decisions. Because ultimately their decision could be life-altering, not only for themselves, but the lives of others also."