Mock crash provides sobering lesson in drunk driving

Published On: Apr 17 2013 05:06:34 PM PDT
Lewis and Clark mock crash
SPOKANE, Wash. -

With prom and graduation right around the corner, a mock DUI accident staged at Lewis and Clark High School Wednesday morning help to reinforce to students the consequences of drinking and driving.

"What we have here unfortunately is a DUI crash that ended in two fatalities," Spokane police officer Teresa Fuller said. "Absolutely preventable. This was after a party and unfortunately, like I said, the one driver was drunk."

The crash, and Fuller's comments, were fake, part of the exercise at LC Wednesday, but in her 15 years with the police department, Fuller has seen things so awful they make this dramatization look like nothing.

"It boils down to the fact that its all preventable and that is huge for these kids to see something so realistic, you know, yes traumatic, but there were girls in the front row that were bawling their eyes out," she said.

"I don't know, I just thought about if that had happened to me and my friends I would just be devastated, I just, I can't talk right now, just devastated by it," LC junior Shaniah Kincaid said.

Kincaid was overwhelmed by the mock crash.

"Just thinking about it happening scares me," she added.

The impact of seeing the mock crash had a profound impact on Kincaid, who decided it opened her eyes to "not to drink anymore … pretty much."

A sound choice for any person who gets behind the wheel, because if you do drink and drive, going to jail, as the students at Lewis and Clark found out Wednesday, could be the least of your worries.