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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