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For immediate release - April 6, 2005

Mock DUI Crash to be held April 15 at South Lake High

TAVARES — More than 1,000 junior and seniors in Lake County will learn firsthand about the horrifying consequences associated with driving under the influence (DUI).

South Lake High School, in cooperation with the City of Groveland Police Department and other agencies, will be hosting a Mock DUI Crash at the high school stadium, 15600 Silver Eagle Road, Groveland, on Friday, April 15, at 9 a.m.

The acclaimed program was designed to create a realistic setting of how an alcohol-related traffic accident can adversely impact the people involved. This is the second time this program has been presented at South Lake High School, but it will not be the last.

According to safety officials, mock DUI crashes help encourage students not to drink and drive. The program is held to coincide with the prom to serve as a sobering reminder for the students to seriously consider the implications of drinking and driving.

Those participating in the program include South Lake High School students, parents and teachers. Agencies involved with organizing the program include the Groveland Police Department, Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services, Lake County Community Safety Traffic Team, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Fire Rescue Division, Florida Department of Transportation, the Car Store, Lake County Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Chapter and Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Kurfiss Chapel.

Distinguished officials expected to attend the Mock DUI Crash include Lake County Sheriff Chris Daniels, Chief Richard Beary from the City of Lake Mary Police Department and Howard Odor, president of the Lake County MADD chapter.

“This program provides a realistic look at the serious consequences of drinking and driving,” said Noble Olasimbo, chairman of the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team. “The simulation of these tragedies helps students make the decision in advance not to drink and drive, or to drive with someone who has been drinking.”

For more information about the Mock DUI Crash, call the Community Traffic Safety Team at (352) 253-4944 or (352) 253-4986.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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