In an attempt to educate teens on the dangers of drinking and driving, Louisiana State Police devised the Sudden Impact Program and implemented it in every parish. According to KALB, the program relies on help from local medical centers to provide courses on impaired driving.

Young Adult Driving Over the Speed Limit in a Tunnel. View from inside the car.

Police believe there existed a need for such a program because there has been a spike in the number of young motorists involved in fatal collisions over the past five years. At the end of the day, organizers aim to teach teens a lasting message: Drinking and driving is never worth it.

Earlier this month, the Sudden Impact Program staged a drunk driving accident to reinforce this message. At Holy Savior Menard High School in Alexandria, administrators organized a mock car crash on the football field.

As their peers looked on, a few students acted out the details of the wreck. The scene began with teenagers leaving a party at which they drank alcohol. They got behind the wheel while intoxicated and ended up causing a head-on collision.

Sadly, this storyline is all too real and happens far more often than it should. If you were hurt in a crash with a drunk driver, turn to The Ross Downs Law Firm.

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Local Businesses and Organizations Were Proud to Be Part of the Event

When teens avoid drinking and driving, the entire community benefits. As a result, local businesses were proud to help spread the message of the Sudden Impact Program.

At the mock collision in Alexandria, Rapides Regional Medical Center set up a tent for administering care to “accident victims.” The Alexandria Fire Department, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office also participated in the event, as did Acadian Ambulance and Vince’s Towing.

Students who acted out the scene admitted they were surprised at how realistic it all seemed—and how little they actually had to act. A junior who took part in it said he hopes the event will remind everyone of the consequences of drinking and driving.

Unfortunately, the student body at Holy Savior Menard High School has witnessed the tragic repercussions of reckless driving multiple times. In the past five years, the school has lost two students to motor vehicle collisions.

Drunk driving crashes that do not result in fatalities often cause devastating injuries. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an accident with an impaired motorist, your family may be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages.

To determine if you have grounds for a claim, turn to The Ross Downs Law Firm. Ross Downs is a member of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations.

Contact us online or call 1-888-771-9800 to schedule a free consultation with a car wreck lawyer in Shreveport. You can learn more about drunk driving accidents in Louisiana by visiting the USAttorneys website.