NEW CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The town of Clarkstown held a demonstration of a deadly drunk-driving crash to raise awareness for DWI and distracted driving.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Wednesday, the simulation was gripping in its realism, with students in makeup portraying teens involved in a drunk-driving crash. Nurses, cops, firefighters all played roles they are sadly familiar with.READ MORE: Primary Election Day Guide For Voters In New York
Students said it was chilling to watch.
“You go into this knowing it’s fake, and then you see the girl lying, the car coming apart, the helicopter. It just feels so real even though you know it’s not, and it hits really close to home,” said Nanuet High School student Tara Connolly.
Clarkstown North student Jenna Edelman said she thought about them as she participated in the event.READ MORE: NYC Mayoral Candidates Make Last-Minute Push For Votes Ahead Of Primary Day
“This really can’t happen again. So traumatic for all of us,” she said.
Her mother watched and thought about parents who’ve lost kids that way.
“I can’t even imagine what mothers and fathers and families go through. I just hope this sends a clear message to these kids,” Debra Edelman said. “There’s Ubers. There’s parents. There’s so many options out there. Don’t drink and drive. It ruins so many families.”
In Rockland County, all firefighters and most EMTS are volunteers. Incidents like this really take an emotional toll.
“There is nothing more devastating to us as a fire department when that person in the car is a teenager. So we are begging you not to drink and drive,” said New City fire volunteer Dave Wright.MORE NEWS: More Violence On Subways: Police Say Tourist Hit With Bottle, Man Slashed In Separate Attacks
Video from the event will be edited into a short documentary parents can watch with their kids — a simulation that could save lives.