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Pleasant Hill students combat impaired, distracted driving in mock crash

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On Thursday, students held hands and watched as one of their classmates was mock arrested for driving intoxicated and killing another student. (MSHP Troop A) On Thursday, students held hands and watched as one of their classmates was mock arrested for driving intoxicated and killing another student. (MSHP Troop A)
PLEASANT HILL, MO (KCTV) -

Students at Pleasant Hill High School want to keep their classmates safe during prom and graduation.

Thursday, they got a grim look into what can happen to those who drive impaired or are texting behind the wheel.

Early Thursday morning, Johna Geist’s classroom was loud and full of excitement as students got ready for school, but Thursday, was anything but a typical day.

Organizers hope to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving.

“It’s kind of just emotions, you let it take control,” junior Avery Quilter said. “You feel what could happen in an actual car accident. You try to connect with the audience and hope that you make a difference and that’s our whole point.”

As the rest of the student body filled outside, a gentle hush fell over the crowd.

Shortly thereafter, an emergency call was heard requesting police and an ambulance to the scene of a car accident.

The scenario is one that Fire Captain Scott Rutherford says is all too real.

Several students ride their scooters to school this time of year. On Thursday, students held hands and watched as one of their classmates was mock arrested for driving intoxicated and killing another student.

“We had a series of years where it seemed like every school event, dance, things like that, we were seeing serious car accidents,” Pleasant Hill Fire Department Captain Scott Rutherford said.

Since the school began showing the mock crash, they’ve seen less. And, students are hoping it stays that way.

“I’m really hoping that a lot of students will take a moment to think and look at this and see that this could be a situation they find themselves in if they don’t make the right, responsible choices,” junior Morgan Carlile said.

Students hope the event leaves a lasting impact. They spent the rest of the day hearing from Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers about the realities they see and spoke with school counselors about different important topics like substance abuse and preparing for college.

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