Mock crash shows dangers of drinking, driving

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Agencies in Craven County are reminding students about the dangers of drinking and driving. 

The City of New Bern, Craven County Schools, and CarolinaEast Medical Center partnered together Thursday morning to conduct a mock crash trial. 

New Bern High school students were cast as actors to participate in the event.

The performance started with a drunk driver in distress after crashing into another vehicle. Emergency personnel then reported to the scene to begin their life-saving efforts. As a result of the crash, one person was airlifted to the hospital and the second victim was pronounced dead. 

Students said the moment when the victim’s mother arrived was the most impactful. 

“When the mom came and she started crying, I would hate to see my mom or any mom like that,” said Rakai Watkins, an 11th-grade student at New Bern High School. 

Officers said multiple plays have been conducted in prior years, but their goal this time around was to make it as real as possible. 

“If we can impact one child this year, and show them that drinking and driving have consequences then we’ve done what we needed to do,” said Jim Rowe, master police officer three, at New Bern Police Department. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety in 2017, there were more than 10,000 drunk-driving related deaths. 

New Bern High School’s prom is scheduled for May 11. Law enforcement reminds students to not drink and drive. 

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