LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — With many local high schools' proms right around the corner, schools and emergency personnel wish to remind parents and students about the real danger of impaired and distracted driving.
Students at McCutcheon High School put on a mock car crash to witness the effects firsthand during the “Just One Night” program.
Student actors and real emergency personnel put on the mock car crash. The program is meant to raise awareness about the dangers of unsafe driving.
At one point during the program, the parents of a student killed in the accident arrived at the crash site and exhibited a very real reaction to losing their daughter. Junior Megan Merryman was deeply affected by this moment.
“I'm close with my parents so imagining them going through that would be awful and it really helped create the atmosphere that this is real and that could happen,” said Merryman.
The goal of this program is not to scare students out of enjoying prom or driving, but is meant to encourage them to do the right thing and make good decisions.
Junior Kendra Brewer hopes she and her fellow students continue to make good decisions and do the right thing, especially during prom season.
“Even though it's not real, feeling the emotions of what could have been real,” said Brewer. “We just have to make smart decisions, and one night of fun, so to speak, is not worth it.”