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Mock DUI Crash Opens Carrick Students’ Eyes

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CARRICK (KDKA) – Luckily, it was just a mock accident designed to teach students about the dangers of driving under the influence.

Students at Carrick High School said they get the message.

“It’s terrifying, it scares me, it makes me not want to drive,” Kevin Horvath said.

“Scary, yeah. It’s really scary, life-like,” Emily Dervin said.

The staged situation was an accurate picture of what would happen at the scene of a real crash.

From the crushed vehicles, to the blood, to limbs on the ground.

Pittsburgh EMS, firefighters, and police took part. Crews even used the Jaws of Life to cut open the cars.

“I think it’s going to be pretty impactful. I think it’s going to make them stop and realize or hopefully stop and realize the effects of alcohol and drinking and drugs,” teacher Nikki Economou said.

This crash comes at a good time in the school year as a lot of the students will soon be attending graduation parties and other celebrations, plus the prom is this Friday.

“I don’t do that stuff anyway, but it makes me not want to do it even more,” Bonnie Dusch said.

Before the event outside on the field, students heard from speakers, including victims of DUI crashes.

A local young woman hit by a drunk driver in 2008 talked to the group along with other victims involved with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization.

“DUI has no boundaries, so no matter where you are, it can happen. But, you carry with you whether you commit the offense or you are victimized by the offense,” Traci Van Dyke from MADD said.

The juniors and seniors say the experience was eye-opening they won’t soon forget the images.

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