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Mock wreck staged at Jordan-Matthews

Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2005

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Juniors and seniors attending Jordan-Matthews gathered recently near the bus parking lot to watch as a mock wreck unfolded. The mock accident was part of “Keys to Life,” a demonstration designed to show the effects of drinking and driving. Students stood behind police tape and watched as local emergency personnel worked to free the victims of the staged wreck. The demonstration was a joint effort of the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement officers, Siler City Fire Department, FirstHealth E.M.S., Siler City Police Department, N.C. Highway Patrol, Lowe's Garage and the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. Students watched as three victims were extricated from the mangled vehicle and transported to ambulances waiting nearby. The students stood in silence as the drunk driver was helped from the vehicle, treated for his injuries and then arrested for the death of the other passengers.

After watching the mock wreck, students went to the auditorium and watched a short PowerPoint presentation and listened as Agent Greg Hughes of The Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, explained the dangers of drinking and driving. “Every fifteen minutes someone is injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver,” explained Hughes. As an example of how quickly this can happen, every fifteen minutes during the presentation, an obituary was read aloud for each of students involved in the mock accident. Sheriff Webster also spoke to the students during the presentation. “Today's program should cause you to think about your actions,” said Webster. Sheriff Webster stressed how hard it is for him to go to the home of a child and inform the parents that their child was involved in an accident involving alcohol. “What we are doing today is very important,” added Principal David Moody. Moody expressed his concern that students take time to think about their decisions when alcohol is involved.

Key chains were passed out at the end of the presentation to each student as a reminder of the dangers of drinking. The key chains read “Bad Decisions…Grave Results, you may only get 1 chance.”

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