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.