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'Mock Drill' teaches students dangers of drinking/texting while driving

MANILA, AR (KAIT) – Multiple law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to Manila High School this afternoon to give students a dose of reality.

A mock drill was staged on the high school football field.

In this scene, a student had been drinking with fellow classmates after prom.

Getting behind the wheel under the influence and texting, he hit a family of four head on.

The entire high school watched as emergency responders and law enforcement agencies struggled to save the lives of the people in front of them.

Officer Jared Camp is with the Manila Police Department and he says this program is necessary with how young drivers are developing today

"The number of accidents with high school kids involved is steadily on the increase, especially with technology and all the new phones, smart phones and everything.  Everybody's texting and not paying attention", says Camp.

Lindsey Lee is a sophomore at Manila High School and she says she learned a lot from the fake accident.

"It opened my eyes not to drink and drive or get in the car with anybody that's been drinking and driving and to watch out for other people that driving while drinking", Lee says.

This event was a collaborative effort between the Manila Police and Fire Departments, the Mississippi and Lawrence County Sheriff's Departments, Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas State Police, Emerson Ambulance, Air Evac and Hospital Wing.

Officer Camp says if they save just one life. . .This event was worth it.

Today's mock accident was a collaborative effort between several law enforcement and emergency response


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