In an effort to educate students about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, the Hannibal Central School District will team with local agencies to stage a mock DWI scene on May 15.
The mock crash scene will utilize local law enforcement, Menter Ambulance, Hannibal Fire Department personnel, the Oswego County coroner and Oswego County Stop DWI officials.
It will depict the sights, sounds, emotions and aftermath of a DWI crash.
According to Lisa Mason, Hannibal High School’s adviser for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the mock DWI should be a beneficial and educational event for all high school students involved.
Mason noted that reports show that 72 percent of all high school students have admitted to having an alcoholic drink.
Furthermore, she said, of the 3,500 teens killed each year in automobile crashes, 31 percent had alcohol in their system and 74 percent were not restrained.
“With that in mind, consider this dramatic re-enactment at Hannibal High School to be an educational opportunity that will hopefully have a lasting effect on the young men and women of our community,” she said. “If one single person makes a better choice, or one carload of friends makes the right decisions after seeing this crash production, we will have succeeded.”
The mock DWI will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the back parking lot of the high school.