Some area high school students learned about the dangers of drinking and driving in dramatic fashion this morning.
Students from 9 Missouri high schools held a mock DWI crash during this yearâ??s Team Spirit Youth Traffic Safety Leadership Training Conference.
From 2010 to 2012, there were 65 fatal crashes and 236 disabling injury crashes involving an impaired driver under age 21.
There were 77 people killed and 370 seriously injured in these crashes.
Organizers hope their DWI re-enactment encourages students to police each other at parties and other social gatherings.
Blair Oaks student Robyn Schroeder said, â??Itâ??s kind of hard because this stuff happens all of the time and thereâ??s nothing that you can really do to stop it by trying to tell them to prevent it. Wear your seatbeltâ??
Team spirit is a statewide program that promotes safe driving habits for youth while preventing underage drinking, drinking and driving and driver inattention.
Schroeder said, â??I think this is totally realistic. Itâ??s like a real crash. They have the Jaws of Life, the firefighters, the police officers and the ambulance and everything. Itâ??s crazy real. It is.â??
The 3-day conference ends tomorrow at Columbiaâ??s Stoney Creek Inn.