LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) - Prom season is right around the corner, and local law enforcement agencies are already working to make sure teens know the gravity of drinking on prom night then getting behind the wheel.
The Lancaster Police Department recently partnered with other first responders and a judge to host a "Pre-Prom Injury Accident DWI Reenactment" at St. Mary's High School.
The demonstration featured a car after a pretend post-prom crash, where a carful of teens hit a pole, shattering the windshield and leaving students bloodied and unconscious in their formal attire.
Police and fire crews worked the scene as if it were a real fatal crash, and students acted out the parts as a narrator explains the scene.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten teenagers drink and drive.
According to 2010 data, one in five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had some alcohol in their system. These deadly crashes happen more frequently during the time between prom and graduation.
Law enforcement and first responders often conduct these mock crashes ahead of prom and graduation season.