TAVARES – Students will learn firsthand about the consequences of driving under the influence during a mock DUI crash held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24 at Tavares High School, 603 New Hampshire Ave.
The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) will host the event with high school juniors and seniors at the school’s football field. The educational program is designed to show how alcohol-related traffic accidents can impact all involved.
“This mock DUI crash provides a realistic look at the serious and horrifying consequences of drinking and driving,” said Denis Dietz, chairperson of the CTST. “The demonstrations help encourage students not to drive under the influence.”
One-third of all alcohol-related teen traffic deaths occur between April and June, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with vehicle accidents ranking as the top cause of death for those between 12 and 19 years old. In fact, 1,000 young people die annually during prom and graduations celebrations, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Lake County CTST is a multi-jurisdictional agency working in cooperation with Lake County, the Florida Department of Transportation, local 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.
The mock DUI is one of a series being hosted to coincide with prom season.
For more information about the upcoming event, call Denis Dietz 352-742-1766 or Dennis Cutter 352-360-6655.