In order to try and discourage drunk driving, especially with prom coming up for many high school students, Steinbrenner held a mock DUI crash scenario for all junior and senior students. This crash scenario was incredibly realistic and in order to simulate what it would actually be like to be in a drunk driving car crash.
The situation consisted of two drunk teenagers driving home from prom, who accidentally crash and take the life of another student in a different car. There were also mock witnesses of the crash who dialed 911. They used entirely real items and tests that are used in the event of a DUI car crash.
There were various vehicles used such as multiple police cars, an ambulance, two crashed cars, a hospital helicopter and a hearse. They also used a variety of tests on the drunk driver such as the roadside sobriety test which tested balance, blood alcohol content via breathalyzer, and attention level. Student actors were put into medical equipment, cut out of the crashed vehicles, carried away in police cars and medical helicopters, and were treated as if this was a real life situation throughout the whole scenario.
The simulation made sure to hit close to home by using actors that attend Steinbrenner High School. Students such as Dex Quintal, Madison Bradley, Zach West, and more were involved.
The importance of safe driving is something Hillsborough county always pushes on high school students, and with good reason.
“It’s very important because it’s realistic and it’s reality. These things happen constantly. If we can do a mock DUI, then hopefully a real DUI doesn’t happen,” said Deputy Jeff Ramer, an organizer of the event.
The event promoted the hashtag #PromRightSafeNight where videos and photos of the simulation have been shared on social media, to promote staying safe on prom night.
The event was hosted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa General Hospital Aeromed, and Blount and Curry Funeral Home.
Doreen Coreen // Co-A&E Editor