Alive At 25 At Palisade High

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

Palisade High school is spending a full week educating students on the consequences of drinking and driving. Students are getting a hands–on lesson all things related to drunk driving, from losing loved ones and friends to how your motor skills are affected when you get drunk and get behind the wheel. Students hope by making students see what it would be like to go through such a horrible experience it will keep them from drinking and driving.

"Recently there's been a lot of drunk driving accidents in the community, we just wanted to open everyone's eyes to what's going on and how to prevent this from happening." say Palisade senior Alexia Russell. The prevention activities will be going on all week and are listed below.

Live Above the Influence
Schedule of Events

Monday, April 13:
• 9:15 a.m. Alive at 25 school assembly.
• Presenters speak with students about how drugs/alcohol have affected their lives.
• DUI trailer available all day to simulate driving drunk.

Tuesday, April 14:
• 7:30 a.m. State Troopers address senior class on drinking and driving consequences
• 8:15 a.m. State Troopers address junior class on drinking and driving consequences.
• DUI trailer available all day to simulate driving drunk.

Wednesday, April 15:
• 7:30 a.m. State Troopers address sophomore class on drinking and driving consequences.
• 8:15 a.m. State Troopers address freshman class on drinking and driving consequences.
• Beginning at 9 a.m. a two-day program illustrating the frightening statistic that every 15 minutes a teenager dies because of drugs/alcohol will begin.
o Every 15 minutes a randomly selected student will be given a t-shirt to wear and will be advised not to talk or interact with any other students or teachers all day Wednesday and Thursday.
o These students will sit on the gym floor during the assembly on Friday as well as in their own spot during the crash simulation.

Thursday, April 16:
• This is the second day of the two-day program illustrating the fact that every 15 minutes a teenager dies because of drugs/alcohol.
o Students selected Wednesday will continue to wear their t-shirts and be joined by students selected Thursday. At the end of the day about 50 students will be wearing the t-shirts.

Friday, April 17:
• 12:30 p.m. A school-wide assembly in the gym will show a mock video of a party with some students who drive drunk.
• 12:45 p.m. Students will meet at the football field for a simulated DUI crash scene where a couple of students are killed. Ambulance, police, fire and Care Flight will be called in to handle the accident scene. Emergency radio communication will be broadcast so all can hear as emergency workers handle the scene. The driver will be arrested at the scene.
• 1:30 p.m. Students will hold a memorial service for the accident victims in the gym. The driver will be escorted into the gym in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs and will be read a sentence.


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