MOUNT DORA —Students will learn firsthand the consequences of driving under the influence during a mock DUI crash at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, to be staged at Mount Dora High School, located at 700 N. Highland Ave., Mount Dora.
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 is designed to create a realistic scene showing how alcohol-related traffic accidents can impact those involved.
The program will coincide with prom season, to serve as a sobering reminder for teens to consider the implications of drinking and driving.
“Through a dramatization of a DUI crash, the program provides a real-life glimpse into the serious ramifications of impaired driving,” said Noble Olasimbo, Chairperson of the CTST. “Through this event, we hope to help encourage teens never to drink and drive.”
The mock DUI crash is made possible with the help of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners; the Lake County Sheriff's Office; Lake County Fire Rescue; the Lake County Public Works Department; the Lake County School Board; Mount Dora School students, parents and staff; the city of Mount Dora Police and Fire Department; Lake EMS; the Florida Highway Patrol; the Office of the State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida; AirCare; Bales & Langley Towing; and Allen J. Harden 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.