May 11, 1998

School

IHS students learn life-saving, graphic lesson

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Andrew Walgamott/staff photo

A Northshore fire fighter walks past the victim of a simulated drunk-driving accident at Inglemoor High School DWI drill last week.

  by Northlake News staff



   KENMORE--Seniors at Inglemoor High School were shown the graphic consequences of drinking and driving at the second-annual DWI Drill last week. The drill is a simulated drunk driving crash treated as a real event, complete with paramedics and police. With prom night and the end of school coming up, it's designed to reinforce the message "Don't drink and drive."
  
   As a tarp was peeled away from the staged two-car, head-on accident, the students saw one of their classmates sprawled across the hood of a car. She was dead from the impact of colliding with another car traveling 85 mph. The driver of that car was given a field sobriety test and arrested for drunk driving. Four others who suffered injuries were treated by medics and loaded in ambulances.
  
   Afterwards, Victoria Johnston of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, told the students if they thought that such an accident wouldn't happen to them they were 'dead' wrong. "Two out of five people will be involved in a drunk driving accident over the course of their lives," Johnston said. The drill is put on by the Northshore Fire Department, King County Sheriff's Office, Evergreen Medic One and Mother's Against Drunk Driving. IHS drama students played the parts of those involved in the crash.
   A Northshore fire fighter walks past the victim of a simulated drunk-driving accident at Inglemoor High School DWI drill last week.