(WKTV) - Prom season is here, and safety is key.
And that's why some schools will be putting on mock driving while intoxicated and accident drills in the weeks to come. The purpose is to teach students what could happen if they don't play it safe.
Students and first responders were on hand at Frankfort-Schuyler High School on Friday to see fake blood and a mangled-looking vehicle.
The makers of the mock situation hope the feeling and images stay with the students.
"Aside from having loss of life, this is real," said Assistant Fire Chief Stanley Dorozynski. "We staged the cars. We use our extrication tools the way we would in a real accident. The ambulance, the stabilization, the patient care is all real, as far as landing a helicopter here."
Fire officials say the exercise truly hits home, because actual students contribute to the crash. The students may see a friend walking around with a beer can and another friend lying on the ground lifeless.
According to MADD, 32 percent of young people age 12 to 20 reported they've used alcohol in the past month, while 20 percent said they've binged on alcohol in the past month.
For many schools, proms start this weekend.