Saturday, October 20, 2007

Drunk Driving for teens not a good idea

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BAKERSFIELD California

Anti - drunk driving idea the most powerful program:

On Friday, hundreds of students at Centennial High School watched "A Life Interrupted."

When it comes to educating students about the consequences of drinking and driving, this program tells it like it is.

The shock treatment production is part of an on-going effort to help keep our streets safe.

"It was from someone behind them that had been drinking that had a very high level blood alcohol, and he ran into them about 70 miles an hour and never applied his brakes," said "A Life Interrupted" Founder Nancy Chaffin.

It was a head-turning display at CHS in northwest Bakersfield--The remains of a car that burst into flames from a drunk driving accident that took the lives of two local teens, all part of a no-nonsense program called "A Life Interrupted."

Organizers of this program have teamed up with Bakersfield Police and State Farm Insurance to urge local teens to stay safe.

"These are some of your newest drivers here today: the freshmen, sophomores," said Greg Sherlock, State Farm Insurance. "When they're 15-and-a-half, they have a provisional permit, and that means they're going to be on the roads."

Chaffin lost her son two years ago after he climbed into the car with a drunk driver.

Out of that tragedy came this program in hopes young teens who are driving can learn from her loss.

"It's his love that keeps me out here, and it's very important," said Chaffin.

BPD used pictures and 911 calls from the scene of DUI accidents involving teens to drive home the dangers of drinking and driving.

"Why would you do that? Why would you make that bad of a decision like that?" said 15-year-old Chelsea Mirelez. "Some people, they're not thinking. They're thinking, 'Oh, we're just going to go out for a few seconds. Nothing bad's going to happen.'"