Williamsville South Students Get Graphic Lesson About Dangers of Drinking and Driving

June 9, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 8:09 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 9, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 8:09 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Two teens dead and others injured in a deadly drunk driving crash. Don't be alarmed this is only a drill.

"This program is going to have a mock crash involved. We worked with Amherst Police," Williamsville South Principal Dan Ljiljanich said.

It all started with a video showing student actors going to prom, drinking and then getting into the crash. Once outside, Williamsville South High School students saw the stimulated crash first-hand. Many said they got the "full feel" of an accident that killed two of the friends.

"I think it's really good to know because it kind of showed what it would actually be like if something happened. I know for me, my friends are the actors so I could feel what it would be like if it really happened. My prom date was the guy getting pulled from the car so it was personal for me. I think it's a great message to show everyone that it could happen," Senior Rebecca Wall said.

Amherst Police were on scene. Senior Investigator Scott Lowita said this "fake" tragedy is not a unique occurrence in real-life.

"There are so many instances I can't even name them all. Mostly serious injury and accidents that happen and they're charged with a criminal charge," Lowita said.

After witnessing the cleanup of the deadly crash, students saw another video showing the teen who caused the accident, being taken away in handcuffs to serve his sentence behind bars.

Students, teachers and law enforcement agree, that if this program saves one life or prevents one injury, it's worth every minute.