Metuchen students stage mock ‘drunken driving’ crash, trial

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Students at Metuchen’s St. Joseph’s High School staged a fake drunken driving crash and held a mock trial as a way to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence.

There were simulations of what happens when an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel. Students also watched as the “drunken driver” stood trial in the school’s gymnasium, complete with a judge and witnesses.

The event was called “The Final Ride.”

“There are so many opportunities behind the wheel where one of our students can make the wrong choice, and we just want to let them know that there are ways to bulletproof the situation,” said organizer Reece Lenaz. “You need to have protection. You need to be smart. Driving drunk, drinking is not responsible and we wanted to show how horrible it can go.”

Some of the students wore black T-shirts and had painted faces to symbolize that someone is killed by a drunken driver every 11 minutes.

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