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Mock DUI Crash to be held May 9 at Tavares High School

RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2008

TAVARES — Junior and seniors from Tavares High School, located at 603 N. New Hampshire Ave., will learn firsthand about the horrifying consequences associated with driving under the influence (DUI) at a Mock DUI Crash on Friday, May 9, at 9 a.m.

Tavares 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 Tavares High School students, parents and teachers. Agencies involved with organizing the program include the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, City of Tavares fire and police departments, Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, Lake County Department of Community Services, Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services, LifeNet, Office of the State Attorney Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Honorable Judge Donna Miller, Honorable Judge Michael Johnson, Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lake County Fire Rescue Division, Florida Department of Transportation, Car Store, Lake County Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Chapter and Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Home.

Distinguished officials expected to attend the Mock DUI Crash include County Commissioner Debbie Stivender, Sheriff Gary Borders, School Superintendent Anna Cowin and School Board Member Jimmy Conners.

The public is invited to attend this educational event. For more information about the Mock DUI Crash, call (352) 742-6580.

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