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Prom Pledge Mock DUI Accident Drill Today

Georgia Military College students will participate in a Prom Pledge Mock DUI Accident Drill, Thursday, April 22, 2004. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. and will depict a drunk driving accident on the corner of South Jefferson Street and Franklin Street. A debriefing will be held at 11:00 a.m. in Jenkins Hall Auditorium.

Jane Moses, GMC Head Nurse, said, “This year’s prom pledge will be different in that some GMC students will wear pale make-up and be “walking dead” throughout the day. They will attend classes and other activities, but will not associate or speak with their classmates and will, in effect, be “missing” from the day.

Kristal Claxton, an employee of Oconee Area EMS for Children and one of the organizers of the event said, “There is a saying – ‘Good judgment comes from experience, but experience comes from bad judgment.’ The goal is to substitute an educational experience in place of an actual experience, so students can use it as their reference for good judgment when peer pressure forces them to make difficult choices. During the 2000 prom season (all weekends during April –May), there 803 were alcohol related fatalities. On average, 50-60 percent of all traffic injuries and fatalities during this time was alcohol relate. This is 10-20 percent above the normal rate.”

This is the third year that GMC has participated in this event.