ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Students in Rock Hill received a harsh dose of reality Thursday, after local officials staged a deadly car accident.
This accident was meant to look as realistic as possible to shock the teens into thinking twice before getting behind the wheel of a car.
“You don’t think it’s going to happen to you but seeing this it makes it more real,” high school junior Elly Noah said. “That was terrifying to watch and it seemed so real.”
Emergency crews executed the simulation as if it was a real car crash. Police radioed in the call and in minutes, EMS, fire and even a flight chopper arrived on the scene.
“Everyone who came to help me, they put their life on the line to help others and do what they do,” student Chase Gladstone said.
Gladstone participated as a student actor. Covered in fake blood, he laid on the ground as his peers watched the police call in his death.
“When the officer called my name over the radio and my date of birth and called in the med flight, that changed everything for me,” he said.
All of this was an effort to show students the true face of drunk and distracted driving.
“I need to pay a lot more attention when I’m driving,” Noah admitted. “I know I get distracted on the road and that can’t happen anymore, that was really scary.”
Last year, there were 274 DUI arrests in Rock Hill alone.
A statistic these students now realize they don’t want to be a part of.
“I know a lot of people I’ve heard of drink and drive and that’s very scary,” Noah said. “Because that’s exactly what can happen, people can lose their lives.”