Don’t Crash the Party
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The crash at Conifer was fatal for two students. Sunlight glinted off of the glass shattered on the pavement,
and the blood mixed with the snow on the car, slowly running down the sides of the two vehicles. The driver was handcuffed, loaded into a cop car, and taken into custody as her peers looked on in horror, seeing the destruction that her drunk driving had caused.
This was exactly what Drive Smart had intended.
With prom approaching, awareness has risen for the dangers of drinking and driving. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and about a quarter of those deaths involve an underage drinker behind the wheel of a car. The problem is, teenagers don’t realize what could actually happen if they’re intoxicated while driving.
“People always think, ‘it’s not going to be me, I’m not going to be the one drinking and driving.’ But it does happen all the time, especially to teenagers. People need to understand that people do die,” the “drunk” driver of one of the totaled cars, Kristi Ellerbroek (‘18), said.
Ellerbroek’s intoxicated driving caused the deaths of two of her classmates, Mark Ness (‘17) and Jesse West (‘18), when their cars collided in the library parking lot.
“It’s a lot more dangerous, than people think and I don’t think they take it seriously,” Kellen Ireland (‘17), the backseat rider of the car that Ness was driving, said. Ellerbroek was intoxicated with West riding in her passenger seat without a seatbelt, and she hit the side of a car carrying Ness, Joe Mead, and Ireland.
“It was really fun at first, but then I actually started to realize the severity of the situation I was in,” Ellerbroek said.
Every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving accident. On prom night, prove this statistic wrong, and think hard before you get behind the wheel.