MARSHALL CO., MS (WMC) - Students in Holly Springs, Mississippi, got a friendly reminder that getting behind the wheel after drinking is a gamble you can not win.
WMC Action News 5 Chief Meteorologist Emeritus Dave Brown and a former Tennessee athlete warned about the dangers of drunk driving.
High school students in Marshall County, like those across the country, are preparing for prom and graduation season. A field trip Tuesday helped drive home a message that one bad decision can change their entire future.
Blake McMeans was a rising high school tennis star in 1994 until a night of drunk driving changed his life.
"I'm living with the consequences of those actions," McMeans said.
McMeans is still recovering from debilitating injuries from his crash. He now travels the country sharing his story in hopes that students, like those gathered in Marshall County, will learn from his mistake.
Juniors and seniors packed a pavilion on the fair grounds to hear McMeans and Dave Brown talk about the impact of drunk driving.
"I am simply and totally against drunk driving, and I hope you will be too," Brown said.
Brown described the tragic moment his family learned his daughter and grandchildren had been killed in a crash caused by a drunk driver.
The message was clear for many students who said they will lead by example.
"I have most people look up to me, so they see me doing it and they will want to try it too. So I try to tell them not to do it," senior Keosha Moore said.
"I have a friend who just got in a wreck on 311, and he got pretty hurt and his life got changed in a flash," senior Austin Gomez said. "I pretty much learned from that and learned to tell my friends don't drink and drive."