Eureka High School students experience a drunk driving crash reenactment

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Prom season is here and school leaders are making sure students have fun, but stay safe.

Eureka High School students witnessed a car crash re-enactment Thursday. The purpose is to encourage them to avoid driving under the influence or distracted, not only to save themselves but the lives of others on the road.

“Every year around prom time some schools do it at different times. We try to have crash reenactment scenes,” said Lisa Maynard, coordinator at OSF Illinois Neurological Institute. “Our crash team shows some of the consequences that can happen from that. So we want students to realize this can be a life altering occurrence if something like this happens and that these things are totally preventable.”

School administrators decided to show this to Juniors and Seniors as they are making plans for prom.

“Yes kids are aware of the consequences but it puts a totally different mindset on their head when  they can see it exactly happening and their classmates being in that situation,” said Morgan Greene, senior student.

OSF Healthcare Illinois Neurological Institute invites students to take part in the re-enactment.

“Students from the high school getting involved is super important because if they have students that they know and that they relate to, its super important to make that connection with the people that are in the vehicles so that it can make a lasting impression,” said Manyard.

Students also got to hear from a survivor who was involved in a drunk driving crash in 2013. One of his friends is dead and another is in jail.

“I’ve never valued life more than I’ve had now. When people say bend over and smell the roses, I actually smelled the roses. Going on walks was different. I saw life in a whole different perspective. You never value the smallest things until they’re ripped out of your hands,” said Tony Hofmann, car crash survivor.

Agencies such as Eureka Police, Eureka-Goodfield Fire Department and the Woodford County Coroner helped bring this to life. It was all with the intention of preventing more deaths.

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