Some area high school students are learning the hard reality of drinking and driving.
As a part of the "Street Smart" program sponsored by Matesich Distributions, two certified paramedics came to Zanesville High School Monday morning to talk to juniors and seniors about the dangers of underage drinking, drinking and driving, illegal drug use, and not wearing a seatbelt.
"I think it shows them the severity of it also I watched it at another high school and just the graphic nature, it sends a message to adults as well," said ZHS Prevention Specialist Amy Guss.
With prom just around the corner, administrators wanted to remind students that safety should be their top priority. Disturbing images were shown to the students and many were shocked by what they saw. Guss said it definitely has an impact.
"A lot of times students will say hey I'm thinking twice about it after seeing what can happen," she said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and one out of three of those is alcohol related.