Parts of Spring Hill road in Longview to close for demonstration

Monday, March 14, 2011 - 3:01pm

LONGVIEW - A portion of Spring Hill Road will be closed from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 21 for a vehicle-accident dramatization at Spring Hill High School. The mock accident will take place at 10 a.m., Monday, March 21 in front of Spring Hill High School, 2700 Spring Hill Rd. Known as Shattered Dreams, the dramatization is a program designed to demonstrate the devastating effects of drinking and driving. The two-day event will display the work of emergency responders, highlight the effects of the accident on family and friends, and show the consequences of arrest and criminal charges.

Spring Hill School officials coordinated the event as an educational opportunity for their students. Several local organizations are providing assistance, including the Longview Police Department, Longview Fire Department, Joe Boys U-Pull It, Radar Funeral Home, Flight for Life, Mobberly Baptist Church, Alpine Church of Christ, Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, and Good Shepherd Medical Center.

According to Spring Hill Superintendent Wes Jones, “This demonstration is a good opportunity to showcase to students how dangerous drinking and driving can be. We hope they realize that the choices they make don’t just affect themselves, but impact their family, friends, and classmates.”

Alcohol has been identified as one of the highest contributors to teen death and injuries in the United States. As part of the Shattered Dreams event, the “Grim Reaper” will select approximately 25 “victims” throughout the day to represent people killed by drunk drivers. Following the day’s activities, an overnight retreat will occur, and will feature various speakers and counselors. In a student body assembly the next day, video highlights from the previous day’s events will underscore the Shattered Dreams Message to “Never Drink and Drive.”

From City of Longview


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