DOCUDRAMA: As the sound of sirens screamed through the air, and the footsteps of rescue workers echoed across the pavement a few hundred area high school students sat in near silence.
The occasion was the annual "docudrama" held for area high school sophomores in an attempt to educate young people about the high human cost of reckless and drunken driving.
Although only acting, the senior students chosen to participate put on a convincing show. The smell of alcohol was thick in the air as a carload of bloodied (with fake blood) teenagers portrayed the part of friends headed home from a party when the "crash" took place.
The other vehicle was filled with high school girls, and the driver sent a text message from her phone.
Within seconds, Nodaway County paramedics, peace officers and rescue personnel flooded the mock crash scene. As the actors let out screams of pain and the drunken driver attempted to flee the scene — The Hangar cinemaplex parking lot in Maryville — first responders went about their business as they would in a real emergency.
The message? Wrecks can and do happen...
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