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Alcohol awareness event at high school makes an impact

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – Robert E. Lee High School hosted "Every 15 Minutes," an alcohol awareness program Monday designed to inform local high school students about the risks and dangers involved in drinking and driving.

Firefighters, local police and paramedics were all on the scene to show students how crews operate when an accident involving alcohol happens.

A few students were selected to re-enact the scene of a prom night accident involving drinking and driving. In the scene, the driver of the car hit a truck and the driver of the truck was thrown through the windshield and pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was then arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, and the passenger was arrested for possession of marijuana. Two other teens were transported to local hospitals, one by ambulance and the other by helicopter.

"We're just trying to empower the students to make the right decision to not drink and drive. We don't condone drinking, but if they have had something to drink, do not get behind the wheel," says Gayle Steiner, director of the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program.

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