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'You drink, you drive, you lose' event teaches students dangers of drunk driving

Posted at 2:09 PM, Mar 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-28 17:43:29-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Deadly crashes are occurring more often in the Las Vegas valley, and local traffic safety officials attribute many of those fatalities to drunk driving.

Monday, University Medical Center held a trauma simulation at Amplus Academy to educate students on the dangers of drunk driving.

It's called "You drink, you drive, you lose," which is an initiative and effort by UMC to bring together local law enforcement, emergency medical services, funeral services, and other organizations that handle traffic-related fatalities on our valley roadways, and the after care for those tragically lost to reckless endangerment.

First responders like Leslie Shaffer say these events make a huge impact on students by showing them the real, traumatic and sobering side of drinking and getting behind the wheel.

"This is a super important event, because as we start to hit that junior or senior year of high school, we are starting to see your kids that are learning to drive, are excited to drive, and are going to parties," Shaffer said, "and we just really want to drive the point home that, hey, if you’re gonna have a couple drinks, do not drive."

The event included a vehicle extrication demonstration with first responders. There you could find a helicopter, fire and rescue with firetrucks, police vehicles — all entities working together much like they would at a normal crash scene.

“So it is graphic and it is a little intense, because those are the things that we’re actually seeing with today's age of kids. They need that reminder that this isn't something that we’re just going to pretend about, this is real life," Shaffer said. "So yes, your friend went through the windshield, and yes they’re dead, because their head broke through the windshield. You are going to sustain these injuries if you are drinking and driving. There’s always those consequences. We try to simulate real life because it is really what happens."

From the car crash to the funeral home, UMC and first responders laid out every devastating step in the process of working a vehicle fatality with booths for students to visit and learn more.

UMC works to host this event each year to bring awareness to valley students.