Brentwood first responders demonstrate dangers of drunk driving with simulation

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BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – The CDC estimates nearly a million high school teens drank alcohol before getting behind the wheel last year. Just days before high school homecoming events, first responders in Brentwood are trying to drive home the message about the deadly consequences.

Brentwood High School students gathered on the football field Thursday morning; not to watch a game, but to see a medical helicopter touchdown on campus. Medics treated a young person on a stretcher – a simulated victim of a drunk driving accident.

The students were brought inside to the school auditorium to hear a firsthand account of the devastation drunk driving can visit upon innocent bystanders. Destiny Mantia addressed the students to share a painful anecdote of losing her husband and infant son.

According to the CDC, teen drivers are three times more likely than adult drivers to be in a fatal crash and drinking any alcohol greatly increases that risk for teens. Which is why Mantia warns them just one drink before getting behind the wheel is too many.

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