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Mock DUI Crash to be held April 24 at East Ridge High

RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2009

CLERMONT — 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 Friday, April 24, 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. 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, City of Clermont fire and police departments, Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, Lake County Department of Community Services, Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services, LifeNet, Florida Highway Patrol, Office of the State Attorney Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lake County Fire Rescue Division, Florida Department of Transportation, The Car Store, Lake County Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Chapter and Safe Climate Coalition of Lake County Inc.

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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