DUI prevention gives eye opening experience to prom goers

LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. – Some people think they can drink and drive, but a DUI prevention program started 11 years ago through the Oklahoma Farm Bureau is putting things in a whole new perspective.

“They will certainly remember things they enjoyed more than someone droning on in a monotone voice that says how terrible they are because they’re going to go out and drink and drive,” Logan Country Deputy Sheriff Richard Stephens said.

These Orlando High Schoolers might be having fun now, but the consequences of drinking and driving are serious.

Just three weeks ago Deputy Shawn Lewellyn witnessed a horrific wreck along an Oklahoma highway involving alcohol.

“We saw the female laying probably about five or 10 yards from the car. She got ejected through a tree…It was later found that she was driving under the influence of alcohol,” Deputy Shawn Lewellyn said.

She survived the dramatic crash, but hundreds of other Oklahomans won’t be as lucky.

The Logan Country Sheriff’s Office hopes teaching these students young will be key to saving more lives in the future.

“It can hurt themselves, it can hurt their family, and it can tear families apart as well,” Deputy sheriff Stephens said.

“My Mom….she always tells me to take it slow if I need to and I’d hate for something to happen with anybody,”¬†Sierra Schumaker said.