Sikeston High School students learn lesson about drunk and impaired driving

Friday, November 11, 2016
Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety along with Sikeston High School gave a drunk and impaired awareness program on Thursday.
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SIKESTON -- Students at Sikeston High School on Thursday learned a lesson on the effects of drunk and impaired driving.

Sikeston High School and Sikeston Department of Public Safety teamed up Thursday to provide a drunk and impaired driving awareness program.

"The events for the day included a crash site in front of the high school main office complete with an ambulance, rescue vehicle and police vehicle," said Sgt. Jon Broom, public information officer with Sikeston DPS. "Statistics were shared with students throughout the day and volunteer students wore plain white T-shirts to represent individuals killed from drunk or impaired driving crashes."

A video was shown during advisory periods and told a story of someone who was affected by drunk and impaired drivers. Officers from Sikeston DPS also handed out brochures and answered any questions the students that had regarding alcohol-related crashes, Broom said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, 10,265 people died in the United States in alcohol-impaired related crashes which was up 3.2 percent from 2014.

The 10,265 alcohol-impaired fatality crashes in 2015 accounted for about one out of every three highway deaths or 29 percent percent on U.S. Highways.

"Sikeston Public Schools and Sikeston DPS urge all people in our communities to never drive while impaired," Broom said.

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