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Skyline HS Students See Consequences of Drunk Driving First Hand

Skyline HS Students See Consequences of Drunk Driving First Hand

Posted by User Not Found on 1 June, 2016

While the morning air was chilly, it wasn’t the reason Skyline High School students had goosebumps on their skin and shock in their eyes. In front of them a horrific scene of firefighters, paramedics, and police officers played out as they converged on a mock car crash between a car full of drunk driving students and joy riders out for a bite to eat. During the simulation, students experienced how first responders work adeptly to save lives, how police officers arrest and charge suspected DUIs, and how chaotic and gruesome a car crash really is. Throughout the drama, Eastside Fire and Rescue’s Ryan Anderson narrated the scene. He calmly voiced jarring drunk driving statistics, the realities first responders face at a crime scene, the possibilities of financial and legal problems, the possibilities of prison, and the heartbreak faced by families and survivors of a crash who have their futures changed forever.

Every two years, Skyline High School hosts a DUI simulation for junior and senior students. While their goal isn’t to scare students, school administrators and law enforcement hope that the simulation will make students more aware of the choices they are making. During the simulation, Ryan Anderson shared with students, “I'm tired of seeing the young adults who get injured not be able to pursue their dreams. We’re not heroes when we respond to drunk driving collisions, we’re there to pick up the pieces. The real heroes are the young adults who don't drink and drive, who make good decisions and stop others from drunk driving. ”

After the DUI simulation, students and law enforcement had an opportunity to talk about what they had witnessed during the simulation. One of the Skyline drunk driving student actors, shared, “Playing a dead person made me feel like all that I had worked for thus far was gone because of that one choice I’d made to drink and drive. It was scary.” Another student actor shared, “Before the simulation I was excited to get to act, but then when it all started I thought “I'm going to die, this is the last few moments of my life” and it was scary knowing that my future plans wouldn't happen if I had really died and that really hit home with me. I never want that to happen, ever.”

The DUI simulation was made possible that to the Sammamish Police Department and Eastside Fire and Rescue.