PHOENIX – Juniors and seniors in the Phoenix Central School District received a sobering lesson during a recent mock DWI presentation.
Every other year, in the weeks leading up to prom and before summer break, the district teams with the Oswego County STOP DWI program to teach high school students about the dangers of drunken and distracted driving.
This year, students learned about the legal and personal ramifications of impaired driving.
“Twenty-eight people a day die from impaired drivers,” said Bob Lighthall, the Oswego County STOP DWI coordinator. “If you go out and decide to drink, make sure you have a plan. We don’t want to have any empty chairs on graduation day.”
In addition to staging a fatal DWI crash, local first responders were on scene to provide a realistic portrayal of the death notification, the court process, and the lasting impact on all family members and friends.
“The decisions you make have lifelong consequences,” said Oswego County District Attorney and coroner Greg Oakes. “Impaired driving related deaths are foreseeable and avoidable. Have a plan to get home safely.”
Following the presentation, students had an opportunity to ask questions and were provided with additional resources related to impaired and distracted driving.