Moorhead students face realistic scene of drunken driving consequencesMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Police, firefighters and a fleet of rescue teams rushed to Moorhead High School today, all part of an emergency exercise to dramatically teach students about the consequences of drinking and driving.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Police, firefighters and a fleet of rescue teams rushed to Moorhead High School today, all part of an emergency exercise to dramatically teach students about the consequences of drinking and driving.
Hundreds of juniors and seniors had an after-school surprise. The Moorhead Police Department teamed up with the school to present a nationally recognized program called "Every 15 Minutes". Its purpose aims to stop underage drinking and driving.
It isn't the fear, the sirens, or even the shock.
Ashlie Talley, Student: "Intense"
It's the impact.
Talley: "I'm hoping it opened everybody's eyes to accidents happen, not just drunk driving accidents either."
Despite all the chaos, 800 or more high schoolers sit in dead silence. Their peers, actors in an all-too real scenario.
Annise Montplaisir, Student: "I was supposed to be unconscious and you get in the moment."
Annise is just one of 20 students playing a part, representing just how many people are killed in drunk driving accidents every 48 hours.
Montplaisir: "I don't see how kids can't feel, you know, the repercussions of it even though it's just a simulated event."
As of 2011, every 33 minutes responders come across accidents just like this.
Only to cover a son or a daughter, who didn't make it.
Talley: "People just think nothing bad will ever happen to them but it happens so fast."
The smoke and the make-up, it will fade.
Montplaisir: "It was really powerful."
But the impression here, will hopefully last a lifetime
Talley: "It's not something to joke around about and to just take it more seriously."
This program is actually a four part-series. Tomorrow, students will attend an assembly where they'll hear from people who've been affected by alcohol related crashes.