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QHS students participate in "Road to Reality" crash reenactment

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It was a scene that looked all too real for many students at Quincy Senior High today when students took part in a mock DUI crash, showing what can happen when young driving drink and drive. 

"You've got a friend that's dead and a friend that's critically injured and everyone's freaking out. It really takes a toll on you," said Clay Finklea, senor at Quincy Senior High.

Finklea was involved in the mock DUI crash and played the roll as the drunk driver, something that was hard for him to swallow.

"It just opens your eyes to how hard it is and how much it affects you as a person and how much it can change your life in one simple mistake," said Finklea.

Students, including Finklea, participated in 3 reenactments; the car crash, the ER scene, and the courtroom, where he was later charged with drinking and driving.

Organizers wanted to show real-life consequences of risky behavior.

"Alcohol is involved in over half of teen related deaths in car crashes," said Illinois State Trooper Mike Kindhart.

Kindhart says a lot of attention is given to the person getting behind the wheel drunk. But, it's also important for teens to understand how dangerous it is to be a passenger in a car with a drunk driver.

"Friendships can be ended," said Kindhart. "Fatalities and injuries involved in things like this can be serious and life-threatening for the rest of their lives and something that they will live with."

The crash scene has been done at the high school for several years, but this is the first year for the ER and the courtroom scene, making it more realistic for students.

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