VBHS Hosts Pre-Prom Mock DUI Crash Event



Contact: Cristen Maddux
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April 18, 2019

Vero Beach High School Hosts Pre-Prom Mock DUI Crash Event

Vero Beach, FL, April 18, 2019– Vero Beach High School (VBHS), in cooperation with the Indian River County Fire Rescue and other agencies, will be hosting a Mock DUI crash event on Wednesday, April 24th, at 8:30 a.m. on 20th Avenue.  At this event, senior students who attend Vero Beach High School will learn firsthand about the horrifying consequences associated with making destructive decisions behind the wheel of a vehicle. This acclaimed program was designed to create a realistic setting of how a traffic accident caused by destructive decisions (including but not limited to alcohol use, texting, and other distractions) can adversely impact the people involved. Through a dramatization of a mock crash, the program provides a realistic look at the serious consequences of distracted driving.

vbhs mock dui crash event scene

According to safety officials, Mock DUI crashes help encourage students to avoid destructive decisions that could ultimately change their lives. The program is held each year to coincide with prom season, to serve as a sobering reminder for the students to seriously consider the implications of driving under the influence, texting while driving, and making other destructive decisions behind the wheel of a vehicle. Per Dr. Linda Gaddis, a teacher at Vero Beach High School and the advisor of VBHS SADD/DARE (the school’s organization which promotes better decisions and sponsors this event), there have been no fatalities on prom night since the program’s inception at VBHS twenty-three years ago. This year will be Dr. Gaddis’ fourteenth year of organizing the program, and she promises that it will be an event to remember for the community and the class of 2019.

vbhs students watching mock dui crash event

“If I make a difference in the life of just one of these students, then I have successfully achieved my mission,” said Dr. Gaddis. “I need these students to recognize that they are NOT invincible, and I can only hope that the reality of the event makes the students more cognizant of their actions.”

Principal of Vero Beach High School, Shawn O’Keefe, stated, “I appreciate the ongoing support VBHS continues to receive for our Mock DUI event each year from our local ‘first responders’ and community of emergency support persons who, together, create this powerful and valued safety message for our students. The end of the school year brings opportunities for celebration, and we want our students to enjoy themselves and also heed the personal and public safety lessons being taught.”

The agencies involved with organizing the program include Indian River County Fire Rescue, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Vero Beach Police Department, Christian FM, Florida State Attorney’s Office, Mike’s Towing, Lowther Funeral Home, Indian River Parks Division, and First Flight & St. Lucie Air Rescue.

For more information about the Mock DUI Crash event, call IRCSO Captain Stephen Greer at 772-226-3864 or Dr. Linda Gaddis at 772-564-5402. For more information about VBHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) in partnership with Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), please email Dr. Gaddis at linda.gaddis@indianriverschools.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Cristen Maddux at 772-564-5527 or via email at Cristen.Maddux@indianriverschools.org