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High school students see dangers of driving first hand

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Students at East Columbus High School got a reality check from a staged traffic fatality Wednesday afternoon.

The demonstration was vivid and at times difficult to watch making it near impossible to ignore the VIP Program’s message: bad choices before getting behind the wheel…can be deadly.

Its a sobering reminder drinking and driving don’t mix.

The reenactment was designed to look and sound exactly like a fatal car wreck.

The idea is to remind students of the consequences of bad choices. “If we can prevent all of them that’s great, but if we can prevent one, that’s what we’re out for,” said Waccamaw Fire Chief Eddy Morgan.

The program travels to schools across the country and in Columbus County, it is well needed as the county ranks 9th out of 100 North Carolina counties for young drivers accidents.

Master Sergeant Mark Lewis said 60 to 65 percent of the fatalities he responds to involve teens. “It is very heart breaking because you may not know the kid, you know its hurt someone, and it iss going to destroy someone’s life.”

The demonstration came at an important time; the East Columbus prom is Thursday, a time when drivers are more likely to drink and drive.

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videoStudents at East Columbus High School got a reality check from a staged traffic fatality Wednesday afternoon.

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