Police use graphic demonstration to discourage teen drinking and driving

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla — It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, a late night visit from a police officer, letting you know there’s been an accident.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff, Mike Booth said, “It’s hard for us to do the knocking and inform a parent that their child has been involved in a crash, especially a fatality crash. We will do everything in law enforcement to prevent that.”

Outside Bethel High School, first responders gave a life lesson to hundreds of Oklahoma high school students.

Oklahoma averages about 4500 DUI accidents a year, resulting in 250 deaths. Booth said, “This isn’t a joke. This isn’t fun and there are serious consequences.”

First responders from several agencies recreated this very real-looking accident scene.

It was an eye-opening demonstration to discourage students from drinking and driving this prom season.

It included crushed metal, emergency vehicles and innocent casualties.

The demonstration was a reality check for student, Alica Mathis. “Those 2 people got arrested, and they will be in jail a long time. And my friend died! It’s definitely not worth it to drink and drive.”

Authorities hope it’s a lesson every student here, will take to heart.