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F-M students participate in drunk driving accident simulation

On April 16, Fayetteville-Manlius High School students participated in a DWI prevention program called “Every 15 Minutes.” Students watched as emergency responders from the Fayetteville and Manlius Fire Departments arrived and took control of the simulated DWI crash scene by each working within their respective roles.

On April 16, Fayetteville-Manlius High School students participated in a DWI prevention program called “Every 15 Minutes.” Students watched as emergency responders from the Fayetteville and Manlius Fire Departments arrived and took control of the simulated DWI crash scene by each working within their respective roles. Submitted photo

— With prom and graduation around the corner, Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently received a first-hand look at the consequences of drinking and driving.

Local police, fire and rescue departments on April 16 staged a motor vehicle accident at F-M High School as part of the national DWI prevention program “Every 15 Minutes.” The program is designed to illustrate the impacts drinking and driving can have on friends, families and the community.

“Our goal is to educate students,” Manlius Fire Department Lieutenant Chris Halliday said. “We want to demonstrate the catastrophic consequences that can occur if students choose to drink and drive.”

The program kicked off in the morning when every 15 minutes a student was removed from class by a police officer. Transformed into members of “the walking dead,” the chosen students returned to class minutes later donning white face makeup and a black “Every 15 Minutes” t-shirt. The "victims" could no longer speak or interact with their peers for the remainder of the school day.

The mock accident scene – which was carried out in the school’s parking lot by members of the Manlius Fire and Police departments and the Fayetteville Fire Department – took place during the mid-afternoon in front of an audience comprised of junior and senior students.

Members of “the walking dead” revealed the scene by removing a tarp being used to cover two mangled vehicles. Nearby, a blood-covered crash victim laid face-down on the pavement.

Emergency responders arrived and took control of the simulated scene by each working within their respective roles. One of the vehicle’s drivers was taken into police custody after failing a sobriety test. The Jaws of Life – a rescue apparatus used by responders to pry vehicle wreckage apart – helped to extricate trapped passengers.

With a Mercy Flight helicopter swirling overhead, medical responders prepared one critically injured victim for airlift transport while declaring another passenger “DOA” – dead on arrival. Two victims bearing minor injuries were treated at the scene.

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