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Mock DWI crash drives a point

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To The Editor:

On behalf of the Hermon-DeKalb Central High School and the St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program, we would like to thank the volunteers and participants in the Mock DWI Crash held at Hermon-DeKalb Central School May 7. We would like to thank the following volunteers and organizations for their hard work and dedication to this program: Hermon-DeKalb Central School, Hermon-DeKalb High School Principal Mark White, Shelly Amo, Chris Stransky, Krista Carrow, Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Bogardus, Hermon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders, Rensselaer Falls Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Makeup: Naomi Drake and Chati Carrow-Trimm, Sound: Jonathan Pabis and Matthew Gayle, Eric Johnson Towing and Recovery, Charlene Allen of Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, Randy Trombley, LifeNet Helicopter Service, Stiles for donating cars, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services and Fire Control, and media: North Country Public Radio, Gouverneur Tribune and Johnson Newspapers.

We would like to thank our actresses and actors: Kayla French, Margo Barney, Tabitha Goodman, Bailey Durham, Rebecca Lemunyon, Abigail Mott, Sadie Smith, Taylor Morrill, Kelsey Cleveland, Eli Smith, Cameron Hance and Dylan Klock.

Demonstrations like mock crashes dramatize the severe consequences of drinking and driving and the harsh realities of a car crash which is particularly poignant during prom and graduation season. The objective of this program was to illustrate the possible consequences when people choose to drink/drug and drive. The simulation highlighted the volunteer fire and emergency rescue squads at work, as well as police performing field sobriety testing with arrest procedures.

Impairment starts with the first drink. In this time of celebrations, please designate a sober driver and don’t host underage parties.

Ann Adams

Superintendent

Hermon-DeKalb Central School

Michele James

St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI

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