North Mississippi teens urged to make Prom Promise

By Chip Washington - bio | email

NEW ALBANY, MS (WMC-TV) - First responders used a mock crash Monday to send a message to North Mississippi teens about drinking and driving.  The Prom Promise event demonstrated to students what happens when reckless behavior overtakes common sense.

"It's all about saving lives, not necessarily about students drinking and driving," New Albany Fire Chief Jeffery Hale said. "It's to make everybody aware if someone else was drinking and driving what the outcome could be."

Over 300 students from five Union County Schools were bussed into the New Albany Sportsplex to watch the demonstration, which depicted a three vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver.  Area law enforcement, emergency crews and the coroner participated in the exercise.

Hanna Mitchell, a high school junior, portrayed one of the victims.

"You can have fun without doing things that are dangerous," she said after the event. "There's no point in putting yourself or somebody else in danger.

Sherrie Little and her 17-year old daughter Bailey know first hand the consequences of drunk driving.  Little's husband was killed by a drunk driver 12 years ago.

After speaking at the event, Little said she hoped the teenagers listened closely to her message.

"I hope they take it to heart; They think about what they do because their decisions not only affect them, it affects the people around them," said she said.

This is the second year for this demonstration, but the first time it was done with a group of student actors and props.

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