Students attend drunk driving extraction

Junior Kevin Killen acts dead on the hood of a car which was replicated to look like a car crash.

Phillip Solari
Staff Writer

Webster Groves police and fire departments held a drunk driving extraction Oct. 26, so students could see firsthand what drunk driving can do.
Communities are trying to make teens and others aware of the dangers of drunk driving. Organizations including Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), local police and fire departments have started campaigns and drunk driving extractions like the one here.
“The purpose of the drunk driving extraction was meant to be educational and make students think twice before driving under the influence,” said police liaison, Erich Weimer.
If citizens drive enough through any community, they will see signs about drinking and driving encouraging families to talk to their children about drinking and driving.
Organizations like MADD have set up web sites designed to inform students about the dangers of drunk driving
Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD)’ mission statement is “To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.”
The WGHS extraction had juniors and seniors as actors in a mock drunk driving accident.
The police and fire departments went through all the steps of a real drunk driving rescue and explained to the students and faculty about the outcomes of drunk driving and its affects on communities and families.

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