Princeton Secondary School students watched a dramatization of a car accident where two people pretended to be badly hurt after being struck by a drunk driver.
The Grade 10 field trip on May 2 taught the students hard lessons about the affects of drinking and driving.
Paramedics, Highway Extrication and the RCMP attended the realistic-looking scene, giving a play-by-play of what they would do in the scenario.
“We’re showing what happens when people make poor choices by drinking and driving,” said Princeton paramedic Aaron Mahoney.
He told the students that a drunk driver’s life changes forever when they hurt someone.
“It doesn’t just affect one person. It affects everyone involved,” he said.
A police officer said the RCMP would be at the accident scene prepared to take a breath sample in order to lay charges. If the driver is injured, they can ask for a warrant for blood samples from the hospital.
The students learned it’s not only alcohol that causes accidents. The car used for the dramatization was in bad shape after a real accident where the driver was speeding and rolled the car.
The students also toured Princeton Hospital’s morgue, where they learned what happens to people who are killed by drunk drivers before the funeral.
PSS principal Sandy Blair warned the students they need to pay attention when getting into a car because it can be difficult to tell if someone is too drunk to drive.
“A lot of people get hurt by drunk drivers. It’s unusual to not know someone who has,” she said.