Winston-Salem, NC -- Students at Mount Tabor High School learned an important lesson about distracted driving Monday afternoon.
State Trooper Kevin Hemmelly said, "Just a quick second just not paying attention to the driving can change your life or someone else's forever."
The Very Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person, or VIP for a VIP, program created a real-life crash scene for students. Actors played out the crash, portrayed emergency crews arriving and working on the driver, and an emotional parent showing up on scene.
Trooper Hemmelly said he could tell the program was getting through to students. "They're thinking. We're getting through to somebody. And we just don't want this to turn out to be them. It's our whole goal."
Mount Tabor students know all too well the pain associated with a fatal crash. Trooper Hemmelly says a Mount Tabor student died this spring after a crash that involved high speeds and alcohol.
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