Just prior to Bradwell Institute’s prom the students were taught a lesson on the dangers of drinking and driving on March 19. Bradwell’s junior and senior prom was held March 20.
The City of Hinesville partnered with Bradwell Institute for their prom promise event that included a mock car accident on the school’s bus ramp. The Hinesville Fire and Police Departments, along with Liberty Regional Emergency Medical Services, were on scene and responded to the mock accident just as they would during a real accident.
First responders used the Jaws of Life as they simulated the rescue process of extracting an accident victim out of cars, and dealt with mock casualties at the scene. First responders explained the dangers of driving under the influence to the students.
The student also got a chance to get behind the wheel of a drunk driving simulator provided by the Coastal Georgia Center for Driver Safety at Savannah Technical College and Liberty College and Career Academy. At the event’s conclusion, students were asked to sign a “prom promise” not to drive under the influence
Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs can be a danger for students, especially during prom season. Accidents are the number one cause of death for young people aged 12 to 19, and those involving motor vehicles are the most common. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, roughly a third of alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities occur between April and June, which is considered the peak of prom season.