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Ramapo Police Simulate Prom Night Car Crash To Deliver DWI Message

Ramapo police and other emergency responders simulate a fatal car crash during a drill at Suffern High School this week. The demonstration was intended to show teens the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.
Ramapo police and other emergency responders simulate a fatal car crash during a drill at Suffern High School this week. The demonstration was intended to show teens the tragic consequences of drinking and driving. Photo Credit: Ramapo Police Department/Facebook
Firefighters and other emergency first responders simulate an accident scene at Suffern High School in order to demonstrate the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.
Firefighters and other emergency first responders simulate an accident scene at Suffern High School in order to demonstrate the tragic consequences of drinking and driving. Photo Credit: Ramapo Police Department/Facebook
Students and others watch at Suffern High School as emergency responders simulate an accident scene in order to demonstrate the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.
Students and others watch at Suffern High School as emergency responders simulate an accident scene in order to demonstrate the tragic consequences of drinking and driving. Photo Credit: Ramapo Police Department/Facebook
A student portrays an accident victim during a drill at Suffern High School demonstrating the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.
A student portrays an accident victim during a drill at Suffern High School demonstrating the tragic consequences of drinking and driving. Photo Credit: Ramapo Police Department/Facebook

SUFFERN, N.Y. -- It’s the time of year when Suffern students are preparing for their proms, picking out formal wear and happily anticipating dancing the night away.

But it’s also a time when parents pace the floors worrying not only if their kids will have a good time, but if they come home safe and sound.

Accidents -- car crashes being the most common -- are said to be the leading cause of death for those ages 12 to 19.

Statistics show that about a third of alcohol-related teen car fatalities happen between April and June, the peak of prom season.

Thursday, Ramapo police and educators at Suffern High School simulated a fatal car accident to drive home the message of the tragic consequences of drinking and getting behind the wheel.

The drill included student volunteers, emergency responders, and two scarily demolished vehicles, police said.

Also participating were members of the Tallman Fire Department, Suffern Hook and Ladder, Ramapo Valley Ambulance Corps, and Rockland Paramedic Services.

Buckwild Towing provided the smashed-up cars.

Police, who posted photos of the drill on their Facebook page, concluded with wishing “all of the students a safe prom season.”

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