Meadowdale High School students got a realistic look at the tragic effects of drunk driving.
With the help of Lynnwood police and fire, they staged a mock DUI crash on Wednesday to coincide with prom night and graduation.
The scenario involved two cars with student actors portraying the drunk driver and the victims of one bad choice made on prom night.
Emergency crews responded to the scene, interviewed witnesses and cared for the injured patients. When it was learned that alcohol was involved and that fatalities had resulted, the police established a crime scene investigation and performed a variety of DUI field tests that ultimately resulted in the arrest of a young, intoxicated driver.
Finally, the coroner arrived to transport the victims to the morgue.
“The simple objective is to make a powerful impression of the tragic consequences of drinking and driving upon students at a time when lots of celebration is in order with prom and graduation,” said Shannon Sessions, police spokesperson.
In addition to Lynnwood police and fire, other participants included Fire District 1, Pick-n-Pull, Purdy and Walters at Floral Hills Funeral Home, Snohomish County Court DUI Victim Panel and Meadowdale High School administration.