East Islip High School Tries To Teach Lesson About Drunk Driving Ahead Of Summer

ISLIP TERRACE, NY (WCBS 880) – There is a reason authorities call the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the Deadly Days of Summer.

Right in front of East Islip High School, there are two smashed up vehicles.

They’re parked there so that students can see what could happen if you drink and drive, drag race, or just become distracted while using a cell phone.

“When you are driving your car, you are guiding a 3, 4, sometimes even 10,000-pound piece of metal that can kill people,” says Douglas Death with the Suffolk County Stop DWI program.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Scene

“Be smart about yourself. Be smart about what you’re doing and don’t follow the crowd if the crowd’s doing the wrong thing,” 17-year-old Jonathan Guterrez, of Students Against Drunk Driving, says.

Another member of the group says, “In this day and age, you really need to be on top of your game because of all the competition and you need to make sure that, you know, you’re the best of the best in order to make it in this society.”

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi says showing teenagers photos of deadly accidents can scare them into doing the right thing.

“No matter how much they think they’re indestructible and no matter how many times the think that ‘this won’t happen to me,’ it can happen to them,” he says.

Do you think this is an effective way of teaching kids about the dangers of drinking and driving? Let us know below…

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  • Cygel White

    I think its a wonderful idea. Studies by educational researchers suggest that approximately 83% of human learning occurs visually, and the remaining 17% through the other senses – 11% through hearing, 3.5% through smell, 1% through taste, and 1.5% through touch.

    11% !!!

    Kids, regardless of the parenting, are still KIDS. In the most expensive town, with the most expensive schools, its still a major problem.

    I support this program!

    and to answer Poor Idea’s question… what mother wants to wake up to a phone call alerting her , that her 17 yr old kid was killed in a car accident. i rather my children see those crashed cars… then be dead perhaps BECAUSE they didn’t.


  • Poor Idea

    Douglas Death ! Are you kidding me with that name? Anyway, I do not believe this is an effective plan. There are a lot of kids who are responsible thanks to good parenting. Who is the idiot that came up with this idea? Who wants to go to school everyday and be positive and the first thing they see is two crashed cars??????

    • Grandma

      Good parenting has nothing to do with safe driving. Good parenting does not stop kids from taking foolish chances when out with their friends.

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