Crestline High school students attended a mock crash on Friday. The mock crashes are presented this time of year as a technique to educate students about the hazards of impaired and distracted driving immediately before prom season.
The purpose of the mock crash is to give junior and senior age students, those approximately 16-18 years-old, a firsthand look at the potential tragedies that could result from impaired and distracted driving. The mock crashes are presented in a way to offer as much realism as possible. The students are given a firsthand experience of exactly what they could be responsible for, including killing someone, possibly one of their friends, as well as being arrested for crimes as serious as homicide by vehicle and the possibility of going to state prison for up to five years.
“With our senior class getting ready to graduate this is a fun time for a lot of them, and we just want them to be able to make smart decisions. A lot of times they want to go out and have fun, do things and try things, but they need to understand their decisions could have dire consequences,” said Crestline Police Chief Joe Butler in a press release on Tuesday.