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Mock DWI Event at JEHS Emphasizes Dangers of Drunk Driving

In a powerful demonstration aimed at highlighting the severe consequences of driving while intoxicated, Jordan-Elbridge High School hosted a Mock DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) event today. The event was staged in front of the school's juniors and seniors, serving as a poignant reminder of the potential aftermath of impaired driving.

The simulation, orchestrated with the collaborative efforts of multiple local emergency and community services, included dramatic scenes of a car accident resulting from drunk driving. The Jordan and Elbridge Fire and Police Departments, the Jordan Ambulance, the New York State Police, the Onondaga County Medical Examiner, and a Life Flight helicopter all responded to the mock crash, adding a high degree of realism to the enactment.

Student actors Wyatt Werth, Olivia Bennett, Emma Donvito, and Teagan Disinger played crucial roles in the simulation, bringing the tragic scenario to life. They were supported by Stacy Donvito and Donna Bennett, who portrayed the grief-stricken mothers, adding an emotional layer to the event. The involvement of these actors provided a relatable perspective for the students watching.

The two vehicles involved in the mock accident were donated by Bob's Auto Pro, ensuring the scene was as realistic as possible. Additionally, a casket provided by Bush Funeral Home underscored the fatal potential of drunk driving accidents.

Following the simulation, Werth, who played the role of the drunk driver, was arraigned in a mock court session by Town of Elbridge Court Justice George Betts. This part of the program aimed to illustrate the legal repercussions of driving under the influence, emphasizing that the consequences extend beyond the immediate physical and emotional impact.

The event was designed not just to shock but to educate and create a lasting impression on the students. The presence of the Life Flight helicopter, typically used for transporting critically injured patients to the hospital, highlighted the severe medical emergencies that often result from such accidents. The involvement of the Onondaga County Medical Examiner further emphasized the fatal risks associated with impaired driving.

JEHS Principal Mark Schermerhorn, speaking after the event, expressed hope that the realistic portrayal of a DWI incident would resonate with the students and encourage responsible behavior. "We want our students to understand the gravity of driving under the influence," he said. "By staging this event, we aim to drive home the message that their choices can have irreversible consequences."

The Mock DWI event at JEHS stands as a stark reminder of the importance of making safe and responsible choices, particularly as graduation parties approach. By involving students directly in the simulation, the school hopes to foster a culture of awareness and prevention among its young drivers.

Superintendent: James R. Froio
Phone: 315.689.8500
Address: 9 N. Chappell St., PO Box 902 | Jordan, NY 13080