TAVARES — Junior and seniors from East Ridge High School, located at 13322 Excalibur Road in Clermont, will learn firsthand about the horrifying consequences associated with driving under the influence (DUI) at a Mock DUI Crash on Thursday, March 30, at 9 a.m.
East Ridge 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. This is the first time this program has been presented at East Ridge High School and is the first of three Mock DUI Crashes to be presented to various Lake County high schools in 2006.
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 East Ridge High School students, parents and teachers. Agencies involved with organizing the program include the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services, Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Fire Rescue Division, Florida Department of Transportation, Budget Auto Parts, Lake County Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Chapter and Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.
Distinguished officials expected to attend the Mock DUI Crash include Lake County Commissioners Bob Pool and Debbie Stivender, Lake County Sheriff Chris Daniels and Howard Odor, president of the Lake County MADD chapter.
This event is closed to the public. For more information about the Mock DUI Crash, call Lou Ann Stubbs with East Ridge High School at (352) 242-2080.