MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

March 14, 2013

Don’t drink and drive

— Drunken driving is not OK.

It is as dangerous for the driver as it is for passengers and anyone else on the road.

Drunken driving risks lives. It’s as simple as that.

The question remains how to teach people — particularly young people — not to get behind the wheel after  drinking in a country where nearly everyone eventually tries alcohol.

One way is to show the deadly effects of drunken driving.

Okay High School students recently saw such a demonstration.

The school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students staged the scene of a fatal drunken driving accident.

Okay students saw their friends pretending to be dead and another teenager being lead away in handcuffs for drunken driving.

For students and staff alike the demonstration hit home.

“I was scared.We had a girl who died in a car accident last year, not from drunk driving, but...,” said Karleigh McMahan, 13.

Bayli Baker, 14, said it was scary and all too real.

“It could really happen, just any time,” Bayli said. “It was sad.”

Both girls said the memory of the helicopters, ambulances, police and the teen girl being zipped in a body bag and loaded in a hearse would make them think twice in the future about drinking and driving.

The best answer for students under the legal drinking age is to stay sober. Also, do not get into a car being driven by someone who has been drinking.

Here’s some good advice for adults, too — don’t drink, but if you do drink, don’t drink and drive.

Not all tragedies will be staged.

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