EUSTIS – Students will learn firsthand about the consequences of driving under the influence during a mock DUI crash at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26 to be staged at Eustis High School, located at 1300 E. Washington Ave., Eustis.
The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) will be hosting the mock DUI with high school juniors and seniors at the school’s football field. The educational program, which is open to the public, was designed to create a realistic scene showing how an alcohol-related traffic accident can impact those involved.
“Through a dramatization of a DUI crash, the program provides a glimpse into the serious and horrible consequences of drinking and driving,” said Noble Olasimbo, president of the CTST. “We hope to help encourage students not to drink and drive.”
The program is being held to coincide with the school’s prom, and to serve as a sobering reminder for the students to seriously consider the implications of drinking and driving.
The mock DUI crash is made possible with the help of partners including The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lake County School Board, Eustis High School students, parents and staff, Lake County Fire Rescue Division, Lake County Community Services Department’s Public Transportation Division, Lake County Public Works Department, City of Eustis Police and Fire Departments, Lake Emergency Medical Services, Florida Highway Patrol, Office of the State Attorney Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida, LifeNet and Hayes Brother Funeral Home.
The Lake County CTST is a multi-jurisdictional agency working in cooperation with Lake County, its municipalities, various community organizations and concerned citizens. The CTST uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve roadway safety problems in Lake County. The team is comprised of individuals representing engineering, law enforcement, emergency services, traffic safety education and the public.
For more information, contact Noble Olasimbo at 352-483-9092 or Kenneth Harley at 352-323-5713.