March 22, 2012
Local teenagers witnessed a disturbing scene in their school’s parking lot earlier this week. Luckily, the scene of a wrecked car surrounded by beer cans and the bodies of fellow students was staged, and everyone walked away having learned a lesson about the importance of using seatbelts and not drinking and driving.
The parents of a teen who tragically died several years ago in a car accident when she was not wearing a seatbelt worked with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Trinity High School to set up the scenario on Wednesday. According to 14News, students arrived on campus to police and rescue crews surrounding the scene of a drunken driving accident involving other students from the school. Showing the shocking images to the teens was a way to illustrate that their decisions behind the wheel could have life-altering effects.
One parent who also attended said it was “hard to watch,” while a student said she was most impacted by seeing her friend being placed in a body bag.
The scenario will be set up at several other areas in Owensboro throughout the week, including other local high schools. Law enforcement in the area say they will also be conducting random seat belt checks.
The Kentucky Auto Accident Attorneys with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers hope that these educational programs will help persuade motorists in the area to always buckle up and to not get behind the wheel after drinking.