As rescue workers rushed to the scene Friday, high schoolers held their breath, watching as their classmates were pulled from a simulated car wreck.
"I don't think they understood the full impact of an MVA until all the personnel, the medical personnel got involved today. That way they got to see, start to finish, accident by a drunk driver,” said Egg Harbor Township High School Principal Dr. Alicia Scelso.
Instead of just telling them what can happen if they drive impaired, this mock accident shows students that the choices they make mean the difference between life and death.
"You can talk about it a million times but until they actually see what happens.... And hopefully none of them have to be involved in something like this to get the point stamped home,” said Township Police Lieutenant Robert Gray.
For the students playing the accident victims, being at the center of the action made the crash seem all the more real.
"I had tears in my eyes. I was like, 'what if my mom was here? How would she feel?’ said senior Cierra Fox.
"Being put in a body bag, that was interesting,” said senior Michelle Rossi.
"This is how deceased are treated. Like, they're just left there because you can't do anything. And that's how it would be for the rest of your life. All those memories and all your friends and family are just gone."
They hope the mock crash makes a lasting impression on their classmates.
"We just saw some friends in school walking back and they couldn't explain how real it seemed,” said Rossi. “Like, I'm glad it made that impact.”
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