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Lake County’s Community Traffic Safety Team to host 2 mock-DUIs at area high schools

RELEASE DATE: March 30, 2018

TAVARES — Students will learn firsthand about the consequences of driving under the influence during two mock DUI crashes at local high schools during prom season. The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) will host the events with high school juniors and seniors at the schools’ football fields. The educational programs, designed to show how alcohol-related traffic crashes can have lasting widespread impacts, will be held at the following locations:


Leesburg High School

Umatilla High School

1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg

320 N. Trowell Ave., Umatilla

Friday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m.

“The purpose of a mock DUI crash is to provide a realistic look at the serious and horrifying consequences of drinking and driving,” said George Gadiel, chairperson of the CTST. “The demonstrations help encourage students not to drive under the influence.”

The mock DUI crash is made possible with the help of the Lake County Department of Public Works; the Lake County Sheriff's Office; Leesburg High School, Umatilla High School, the City of Leesburg Police and Fire Department; City of Umatilla Police Department, City of Eustis Police and Fire Department, Lake County Fire Rescue; Lake EMS; the Office of the State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida; Air Care; Kling Towing & Recovery and Rocker-Cusack Mortuary.

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. 

For more information about the upcoming event, contact George Gadiel 352-253-9092.





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