Event helps students learn dangers of drunken driving | SummitDaily.com

Event helps students learn dangers of drunken driving

SUMMIT COUNTY – Eleven Summit High School students staged Teen Driving Safety Day Friday afternoon to elevate awareness of the dangers of drunken driving and to prompt students to make safe choices after tonight’s prom.

Each year, nearly 7,000 people are killed in alcohol-related accidents, and senior proms are notorious for their after-prom parties. During Friday’s event, some students painted crosses on their faces to recognize how many alcohol-related accidents teenagers are involved in every week in the United States.

Teen Driving Safety Day was sponsored by the Summit Prevention Alliance (SPA), Colorado State Patrol, Standard Sales and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The SPA said, however, that the students took the initiative in organizing a week’s worth of events – including creating posters and showing videos – to urge students not to drink and drive. Student organizers approached the SPA for assistance and for help in arranging for the driving simulators for the demonstration Friday.

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