Mohonasen High School's DWI program awarded $1,000

Mohonasen High School has received $1,000 for its Mock DWI program.

The award came from a national competition to promote safe driving in teens sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company and National Organizations for Youth Safety.

Mohonasen's Mock DWI program ran last spring during prom and graduation season to encourage students to not mix drinking and driving.

We always do this during the spring because it is when the most parties take place, school resource officer Sgt. Thomas Culbert said.

The program featured two events one a Mock DWI crash scene where students witnessed the after effects of a pretend alcohol related crash and the second a presentation given by a victim of an actual DWI accident.

During the Mock DWI crash students were brought down to the field one morning where they found two mangled vehicles with their classmates inside. One student had gone through the windshield, one was lying in the grass, and about five others were in the back seats.

Emergency crews from Rotterdam EMS and Fire District 2 took nearly an hour to pretend rescue each victim. The Jaws of Life device was used to pry open the car doors and crews took off the entire roof of one of the vehicles.

The victims were covered in pretend red blood and were bandaged to make everything look more dramatic. In the mock crash, three students pretended to have died. The height of the drama was when an emergency helicopter buzzed overhead and landed on the ball field.

Crews did everything they would have during a rescue except they tried to make it more dramatic for the students in order to hammer home the message that drinking and driving do not mix.

Mohonasen High School was one of 50 other organizations nationwide to win money through this program. The competition, in its first year, is designed to promote safe teen driving.

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