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WCSD mock DUI to educate high schoolers

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The Wilson Post

Keeping roads in Wilson County safe is not an easy task.

Just ask Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.

In order to educate young people in the community, Bryan has arranged for the departments Traffic/DUI Division to create mock crashes at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Watertown High School and Wilson Central High School this spring. During the scheduled events, deputies will create an actual crash scene involving vehicles from past accidents provided by Hamblens Wrecker Service in Mt. Juliet.

The actors, or victims and the suspect, are being provided by the drama departments of each individual school. They will have all of the broken bones and blood the special effects groups can conjure up, Bryan said in a release.

Once the crash has taken place, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel will arrive on the scene. One student actor will be given a field sobriety test and placed in handcuffs in the back of a WCSD patrol car. The students portraying victims will be placed in an ambulance or LifeFlight helicopter according to their injuries.

Bryan hopes that by staging these events, students will realize the dangers of drinking and driving or texting and driving. He also will ask that students take the Prom Pledge, in which they promise their peers and parents that they will not engage in dangerous behavior on prom night.

Mock scenes will be held at MJCA on April 25; Wilson Central on May 3 and Watertown High School on May 9.

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