Mock Car Crash, Funeral at FAMU

Law officers and others are hoping college students make the right choices during the upcoming spring break, and they're taking some drastic measures to get their point across.

FAMU police were first on the scene of a single-car crash, then Leon County EMS and Tallahassee's Fire Department came to the aid of the victims.

The passenger was critically injured, the driver dead. Both had been drinking.

Donetta Nelson, a FAMU student, said, "The first thing that ran through my mind was shock. I was like, oh my gosh, what's going on? Is everyone okay?"

Luckily, everyone is okay because the accident is only a mock, a way for FAMU to make students think long and hard about the dangers of drinking and driving before starting spring break next week.

Donetta said, "A picture is worth a thousand words, so when you actually see it, it's more believable."

The reality check didn't end with the mock crash. Students also witness a funeral for the drunk-driving victim, a casket, eulogy, musical selections, the whole shebang.

Tasharrie Smith, a FAMU student, said, "I feel like it's a great opportunity that they actually did act it out because some people do not get the message. When you tell them, they don't take it as serious. I feel like by them acting it out, it hit home in people's head."

Several demonstrations and displays were on hand throughout the day offering other safety messages such as wearing seat belts.

School officials say they hope students enjoy spring break, but above all stay safe. FAMU, FSU, TCC and Thomas University start spring break this weekend. Valdosta State's spring break is March 12-16.


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