DWI consequences: local students reminded during prom season

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Hornell Senior High School students are gearing up for their fast approaching prom with a first-hand glance at the chilling consequences that can come with impaired driving.

The STOP-DWI Amy Stock Memorial Trailer sat in the school’s parking lot allowing students to put the words “don’t drink in drive” into a reality. 

Amy Stock was killed by a drunk driver in 2015. Her sister helped to preserve the demolished car into a memorial trailer as a way to educate the public through Stock’s story. 

“It’s important for them to know and to remember that one choice that they make can result in a consequence that changes a lot of lives,” Pam Aini, a volunteer at the Steuben Prevention Coalition, said.

Students acted out the events following a mock DWI crash in the auditorium with help from local officials at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker. 

Some of these scenes included the accident, a field sobriety test, notification to the family, a court appearance and a funeral.

“If you try to present these things in a dramatic way, it can really speak to some people,” Chloe Vancaeseele, a Hornell High School student and one of the actors in the skit, said. “It may not speak to everybody, but art is a good way to send that message home and show people the gravity of what getting in a car with an impaired driver can do.”

The National Highway Traffic Association (NHTSA) reported 2,526 teenagers were killed in 2017 from car crashes. 

If alcohol is consumed, they suggest to hand the car keys over to a sober driver.

For more information on driving tips for a safe prom season, click here

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