VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- A program titled "Arrive Home Alive" afforded high school students Saturday morning the opportunity to learn about the dangers of drinking and driving at Verona City Hall.
Members of the Verona Police Department conducted a makeshift checkpoint stand and walked students through the procedures of what happens to people who were behind the wheel and show visible signs of being intoxicated.
With prom season underway at many area high schools and graduation just around the corner, there are a number of celebrations in which students partake.
This program is designed to give young drivers a firsthand look at what happens when they're either pulled over or stopped at a checkpoint.
"If you don't hurt yourself by drinking and driving, you're liable to hurt someone else," Verona Vice Mayor Shalei Owens said. "So it's to benefit people who are going to drink or are planning on drinking. I mean it's just to benefit your health."
"We have a large number of children and young seniors college students here and we just want them to be aware," added Verona Police Chief Anthony Anderson. ["We want them] to be safe at graduation and prom."
This marked the first time to conduct Arrive Home Alive and organizers hope this program will grow in the years ahead.