BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A Wednesday program at the Prentiss County Agri-Center recreated a one-car accident involving young people.
The wreck showed what it's like for first responders to arrive at the scene where someone has been seriously injured or died because they chose to drink and drive.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Hall said, "We're trying to get as real as possible so the students who are here will actually see what law enforcement and first responders see. Maybe we can impact them just enough to keep them from making those bad choices during this prom season."
Texting and no seat belt use also play a role in this simulated crash scene.
One Dumas family shared their personal story with the students.
Kristie Jumper's 19-year-old son Blake died after a wreck where he wasn't wearing a seat belt.
Jumper said, "He was not strapped in with his seat belt. You always have that wonder if he would've lived until help arrived had he been strapped up."
With the help of dozens of law enforcement and other first responders, students from Prentiss County, Booneville and Pine Grove schools were reminded about keeping safe when they get behind the wheel.
Hall said, "You're going to actually see a parent come to the scene. That happens a lot in fatal crashes where the mom and dad get a phone call and they come to the scene."
Trooper Hall says he hopes to never have to tell parents about their child's injury or death because of careless choices behind the wheel.