Simulation crash gives students real life lesson

A simulation crash held at Loris High School Friday gave Junior and Senior students a real life lesson about the dangers of drinking and driving and how one bad decision can impact many people.

"This time of year, we do see a high rise in DUI fatalities especially involving teenagers," said Brian VanAernem, Battalion Chief with Horry County Fire Rescue.

As spring break and prom approach, the city, county and state joined forces to help students make the right decision when they get behind the wheel.

Savannah Fowler, a senior at Loris High School, says this was a good reminder for her classmates.

"I'm a teenager and I'm under peer pressure to drink and drive, or to go to parties. It just puts a lot of pressure on you not to do those things so you won't effect other people's lives," said Fowler.

The fake car crash showed how one bad decision affects many people.

"Think about more responsibilities, and consequences for their actions and hopefully reduce getting behind the wheel drunk or even distracted driving, doing text and driving," said Lt. Robert Rudelitch, with HCFR.

Fowler says the simulation opened her eyes to the dangers and hopes it will do the same for fellow students.

"I know a couple of people who do it, and it puts you in shock that they would put other people's lives in danger and themselves," said Fowler.

Organizers of the pilot program hope students will remember this scene for the rest of their lives.

"If we can get five kids to really think about this at the end of the day, even if we can get one to make the decision not to do it, than it was a success," said VanAernem.