Nichole Hannahs

Experiencing a Real Life Lesson

by Nichole Hannahs on May 1, 2014 at 6:47 am

An area school’s students learn how quickly what should be a happy time can turn into one of tragedy.

The Zanesville High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions hosted a mock accident for their peers. The two car crash involved their classmates, who had been out partying just moments before.

"We’re going to do everything in our power to try and save their life, but ultimately it’s their choice," said Zanesville Police Captain Tony Coury. "It’s their choice to drink and drive. No one forces them to drink and drive. No one forces them to drink alcohol illegally. We just want to bring this message to them that this is what could happen."

Law enforcement walked the students through what happens from the time the crash occurs to the use of the jaws of life to remove passengers from the vehicle. Parents also played a role by showing up to the scene and discovering their deceased daughter.

"When something happens to you it not only affects you. It affects your mother, your father, your sister and brothers and your friends. It’s important that they think not just for today, but for the future and all those around them," added SADD Advisor Darla Wahl.

Captain Coury said Zanesville Police, Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol will have more officers on patrol for the next few weekends as proms are celebrated around the area.

Zanesville High School’s prom is Saturday.