North Port Police warn high school students of dangers of drunk driving

Drunk driving simulation

NORTH PORT (WWSB) -Prom and graduation season for high school students is just around the corner. And while it's an exciting time of year, according to a study by Promises Treatment Centers, one third of alcohol related teen deaths occur between April and June.

To help prevent that, North Port High School is pairing up with police and fire officials to warn teens of the risk of getting behind the wheel drunk.

Police, firefighters, and student actors will do an impaired driving simulation on the football field for junior and seniors Monday. The skit will involve a trauma helicopter landing.

Police want to warn students about the dangers of drunk driving, especially after earlier this month a North Port High School student died in a car accident after getting into a car with a drunk driver. Three other teenagers were injured in that crash.

The North Port Police Department released a video on Friday, where Traffic Unit Officer, Scott Guzman shared his experience working deadly DUI crashes.

"The reactions of mothers and fathers, it's just never the same. I've had people come at me, they're mad at me, I've had people break down and cry, it's never a good situation," Guzman said.

If you’re convicted of DUI manslaughter in Florida, you’re looking at a minimum of at least four years in prison, and sometimes, depending on the situation, you can get up to 20 years.

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