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Altus students learn first hand the dangers of drunk driving

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ALTUS, Okla._It's every parent's prom nightmare, one that ends with their child dead after a car accident.

That scenario was acted out in graphic detail for students at Altus High School, in a program called “Operation Prom Night.” Students saw first hand how drinking and driving can change not only your life, but the lives of friends and family.

The reenactment is of two groups of students on their way to prom. One of the drivers has been drinking and crashes into another car where a passenger is ejected through the windshield. Screaming came from the kids trapped in the cars as their friend lay on the hood of the car. Senior Glory Mackey may have been acting but for her, the experience was very real.

"I thought it would be a very neat experience to be able to show or even shock high school students into not drinking and driving," said Mackey.

A student watching the events unfold says she couldn't imagine anything worse than watching a friend die.

"It's sad to imagine your best friend laying on that car and you just having to watch them not being able to breath or doing anything about it anymore," said Sophomore Emily Locon.

The suspected drunk driver who caused the tragedy was put in handcuffs and put in the back of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol car.

"It was horrible and I was sitting in the cop car thinking, this is real, this feels horrible. I can only imagine what it feels like if it really happens," said Juan Monsieais, Junior.

Trooper Jimmy Wallace says he sat through this same program when he was in high school and now he's telling kids like he once was to make the right choices.

"I've been on the highway patrol seven years and like I told them, if I never have to make another next of kin notification for the next twenty years I'm here that will be great with me," Said Trooper Wallace.

Mackey says being put into a body bag made everything that was going on around her seem so real.

"Just hearing people scream...it just opens your eyes a lot, it's crazy," said Mackey.

Operation Prom Night was started by Altus Fire and Rescue fourteen years ago. They say the program has had a tremendous effect, since they started it they have not lost any students from drinking and driving on prom night.

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