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Mock DWI crash shows Holland Patent students consequences of impaired driving

It's a message that's making the rounds in the county and across the state at school districts.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 12:57 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2019 1:28 PM

HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. -- Prom season is here, and with college and high school graduations to follow, Monday, students in one local school district had to see first-hand an all-too-common, worst case scenario of a DWI crash.

From the crash, to the rescue operation, to the tragedy that come with a deadly or even near-deadly crash.

It's a message that's making the rounds in the county and across the state at school districts.

The mock DWI crash is part of the no empty chair campaign that's put on each year in the hopes that no chair sits empty when it comes to prom, or graduation.

The principal at Holland Patent High School says there's a reason this campaign comes back year after year, and never gets old.

“I just hope they understand the severity of driving intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. we have prom coming up this weekend,” said Russ Stevener, the principal.

Stevener says the district has worked with the STOP DWI campaign for the seven years he's been at the high school, and its message is imperative for not only the 120 students attending the prom – but for all teens.

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