When I was in high school I was in all kinds of clubs including Stuco (Student Counsel) and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). These two clubs pretty much went hand in hand, if you were in Stuco, you were for sure in SADD. Once a year, right before prom we have something called “Wake Up Day.” Many of you may know what that is, lots of schools have it, they just call it something different. Basically the idea is to encourage kids not to drink at all and especially not to drive if you do. It’s geared towards the junior and senior classes but the freshman and sophomores get involved a little too. Random people are chosen and have to wear a shirt that makes them “invisible.” Anyone with the shirt on can not interact with their peers, they can’t speak in class, teachers ignore them, other students are to ignore them. There are assemblies with people talking that have lost their children or been involved in an accident themselves because of a poor choice. A mock vehicle accident involving police, fire, ems and more, and even a funeral home and a hearse offering a full funeral holding to really show the kids what it would be like.
One year I was asked to create a video slide to be played through the whole school the entire week. Our school received a grant for “Channel 1” and we got a tv for every classroom, when Channel 1 was not playing the tvs could be used for other educational purposes, this was an educational purpose. It was 2003 when I created this video and to my knowledge it is still used to this day, played every day during lunch on the week of Wake Up Day. Needless to say, I really wish I had a copy of this since I spent almost 3 weeks creating it, unfortunately I don’t. However, there are several YouTube videos I’d like to share with you to stress the importants of the bad decisions we make behind the wheel. And this doesn’t just go for drunk driving, this includes texting and driving…a new thing that is being stressed because it has taken so many lives.
The first video is courtesy of AT&T as part of their campaign to stop texting and driving. This is made in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. This is an amazing video that is sure to bring tears to you like it did to me and many I know.
The next videos is footage from Ryan Dunn‘s accident. It’s very sad what happened to him, but after looking at this car I hope people will make better decisions.
The next few are some other videos I found on YouTube that did an amazing job of showing you what could happen. Please stay safe out there!
The internet is full of videos and images to make you think twice about driving under the influence or while distracted. How would you feel if you took the life of someone else? Statics say the drunk or distracted driver is less likely to die, it’s the one they hit…please don’t be the person that kills a family because you made a poor choice.