Students simulate drunk driving crash: 'Shocked by how real it could be'

EUGENE, Ore. -- Someone in the U.S. dies every 15 minutes in a distracted driving or alcohol-related crash, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

That's just one of many startling facts authorities are hoping to remind the students at Churchill High School through a three-day driving campaign.

Volunteers coordinated by the sheriff's office created a simulated car crash Tuesday to show teenagers the consequences of dangerous driving.
Police, fire crews, and LifeFlight also pitched in to make the simulation as authentic as possible.

Churchill High students like Selena Gregory played the part of the victims.

"Honestly it was really scary and nerve-racking. Being in that whole situation and knowing that my character did this. They.. I killed someone," said Gregory.

LCSO coordinates the event every year to show young drivers the danger of driving while intoxicated, and other forms of distracted driving.

"People were shocked by how real it could be," said Josh Higashi, another student actor.

Churchill High School absorbs the cost of the simulation. School officials say it is a small price to pay to ensure their students stay safe in the future.