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Mock crash seeks to 'STOP-DWI'

Students at The Albany Academies saw an anti-DWI demonstration on Friday, April 20.

Students at The Albany Academies saw an anti-DWI demonstration on Friday, April 20. Alyssa Jung

— “We minimize risk and send the message that safety is a priority and it has seemed to work very well,” said DeVost. “Students are very responsive and we have not had any issues. They’re respecting the use of breath tests at the dances.”

Closer to the end of the year, students will have yet another anti-drinking activity when they don fatal vision goggles and drive golf carts.

“(It shows) how it would feel to be intoxicated and how it takes you off your equilibrium and what it would be like if they were asked to do certain (sobriety) tests,” said DeVost. “They haven’t experienced that first-hand.”

Taking an open approach to drunk and distracted driving goes hand-in-hand with The Albany Academies’ mission.

“They spend most of their day with us and ultimately, what affects them in the outside will affect them in school and their academics and our institution looks at the whole child,” said DeVost. “It’s part of growing up and we want to best prepare them for that.”

On Friday afternoon, it seemed like DeVost had accomplished her goal in at least a small way, as a boy turned to his friend and said, “Be above the influence.”

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