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Leander Students Learn Perils Of Drinking, Texting Behind The Wheel
The attached photo is part of the Shattered Dreams demonstration and is not from a real crash
There can't be anything much worse than seeing someone you love sprawled on the pavement after riding with a friend who had been drinking. But that's the scenario that was vividly painted for students at Leander High School as part of the "Shattered Dreams" program.
The goal is to teach high schoolers how to make safe decisions.
Shawn Queen, the student council sponsor helped organize the event. She says, "As they're leaving going off to college on their own they are going to be finding themselves in situations where they have to decide what's safe and what's not safe, so we want them to see the impact that getting in a car after drinking can have both on them and on the people around them."
Student Jenna Guzzatta found the experience "just really scary. I just know that could happen any day to anyone." And her friend Kalaya Gaddis chimed in, "I would just never want to get in a car with someone who has been drinking. Just to take the chance is stupid ... It's dumb."
Alcohol wasn't the only factor in this wreck. The drunk driver in this reenactment was also checking his cell phone right before the crash. So not only was the young man who was driving intoxicated he was also looking at a phone so he had two sources of distraction while he was trying to drive.
If these images aren't enough, the students will also get an earful from people whose lives have been changed forever by distracted driving.
And if you want to learn more about KEYE TV's campaign against distracted driving, go to http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/ntz/.
By Fred Cantu