Macon students see dangers of drinking and driving in time for prom

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Rutland High students are finalizing their prom plans. After a presentation from the Bibb County Coroner, some are rethinking their driving situation.

Prom can be a memorable highlight of high school.

“It was good. It was a fun experience,” said senior Chandler Scott as she remembered her junior prom.

Scott said most seniors drive themselves to and from prom since they’re old enough to drive. She added most car pool together.

Coroner Leon Jones talked to students about the dangers of drinking and driving Wednesday morning. He brought a wrecked car, an ambulance and a hearse to show the start to finish process when someone is killed while driving under the influence. Macon-Bibb firefighters showed how they would extract a victim from the crushed car.

“Oh my gosh that [scared] me. What if it really is you, or your best friend, or your boyfriend, or your cousin? Something could really happen. It’s just scary that it’s reality,” said Savannah Crosby.

For Britt Hill, the car wreck display brought back tough memories. Her sister’s boyfriend was killed on New Year’s.

“He was drinking and drove home and pulled the emergency brake and flipped out and actually flew out of the car and broke his neck,” recalled Hill.

It’s a loss she hopes no one ever has to feel.

“To see my sister have to go through that is a pain that I would never want anyone to go through,” said Hill.

The girls agreed prom is fun, but you need to be smart.

“I always tell my friends, if you need a ride, if you do something stupid just call me because you can kill yourself or kill somebody else,” said Scott.

Rutland High’s prom is scheduled for March 26.

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