UMATILLA — Junior and seniors from Umatilla High School, located at 320 N. Trowell Ave., will learn firsthand about the horrifying consequences associated with driving under the influence (DUI) at a Mock DUI Crash on Tuesday, April 20, at 9:30 a.m.
Umatilla High School, in cooperation with the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies, will be hosting the Mock DUI Crash at the high school football field.
The acclaimed program was designed to create a realistic setting of how an alcohol-related traffic accident can adversely impact the people involved. Through a dramatization of a DUI crash, the program provides a realistic look at the serious consequences of drinking and driving. 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 Umatilla High School students, parents and teachers. Agencies involved with organizing the program include the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Umatilla Volunteer Fire Department, Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, Lake County Department of Community Services — Public Transportation Division, Lake County Department of Public Works, Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services, LifeNet, Florida Highway Patrol, Office of the State Attorney Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lake County Fire Rescue Division, Florida Department of Transportation, and Beyers Funeral Home.
The public is invited to attend this educational event. For more information about the Mock DUI Crash, call Kenneth Harley at (352) 742-6580 or Noble Olasimbo at (352) 483-9092.