Western Dubuque Students Witness Mock Fatal Crash

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Some students at Western Dubuque High School may be thinking twice before drinking and driving.

At least that's what administrators are hoping.

Rescue crews and student actors portrayed a real-life drunk driving accident in this school's parking lot today.

Students and teachers at Western Dubuque High School believe there is a problem with underage drinking there, just as there is at most schools.

According to the organization "students against destructive decisions" more than 70 percent of high school students nation-wide have drank alcohol.

Tuesday's event was an effort to get students to think before they drink.

A student calls 9-1-1 to report the mock accident "There is a car accident in the parking lot of Western Dubuque High School. There are two cars. A white truck and a blue car."

A scenario seemingly all too real.

A group of high school students drinking in a car, cross the center line and hit a with a truck carrying two young parents and a baby.

Student Brette Correy said, "the girl that was dead, Olivia, I personally know her. Seeing her just lay there it was awful, awful. "

Students watched closely as one of their own lay dead on the road and another is taken to jail.

Correy said, "I feel like it's an issue at our school and I hope no one is like stupid enough to have this happen to them. "

Administrators believe watching the scene impacted students and will effect their decisions.

Western Dubuque Student Council Director, Tom Danner said, "I'd say it's a problem at any school. Any school that says it's not a problem is probably being blind sided. "
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