Teen Drunk Driving

My son is just about to graduate and his school participates in a great program called Shattered Dreams. “Shattered Dreams is a two-day, school-based program that promotes responsible decision-making among high school students regarding underage drinking and impaired driving (driving after drinking or riding with a drinking driver) by showing them how irresponsible choices can end all dreams.”

The two-day program is designed to educate students, parents, and the community about the serious issue of underage drinking and driving, by providing a realistic experience and encouraging them to make positive choices.  The presentation is held before the school’s prom, an occasion on which teenagers are most likely to consume alcoholic beverages.   

Shattered Dreams, targeted at underage drinking and driving, involves the dramatization of an alcohol-related accident staged in front of the school.  While the entire student body watches, police, fire, and other emergency personnel will respond to the scene.  The “victim” students will be transported by ambulance and helicopter (PHI Air Medical and Careflite) and to local hospitals (Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Centennial and Medical City Frisco), while the “deceased” student will be transported by Turrentine Jackson & Morrow Funeral Home.  The “drunk driver” will be arrested and transported to the Frisco City Jail for book-in and arraignment. 

Throughout the day, the Grim Reaper will enter a classroom every 15 minutes and select a student victim, known as the “Living Dead”.  When the program first originated in the mid-1990s, the 15-minute time period represented how often someone was killed in an alcohol-related accident.  As students are pulled from class, a police officer will read the student’s obituary that was written by their parents.  At the end of the school day, the Living Dead, crash victims, and drunk driver are taken on an overnight retreat to enhance the learning experience.   

The second day will include a Memorial Service for the “victims” and their families along with the entire student body of Centennial High School. At the conclusion of the Memorial the “victims” are reunited with their friends and loved ones.

I wish that every high school could experience what my sons got to experience with this program. It’s so life changing for them and eye opening. It scares them not to want to drink.


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