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Editorial: Mock crash is a reminder for students and adults

Every four years, Hastings High School puts on a reenactment for students that is anything but entertaining. The mock car crash is a jolting reminder of how much damage can be done when drivers choose to drive while impaired or distracted.

The mock crash is meant to be a reminder for students, but we hope that it’s a message that reaches those who have left their school days behind, also.

As reported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the highest rate of drunk driving (20.7 percent) is in 26- to 29-year-olds. It costs the U.S. $132 billion each year. In 2013, 200 children age 14 or younger were killed in drunk driving crashes. And, on average, two out of every three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

This summer we encourage students and adults alike to take the message to heart. The risk is too great. No high is worth somebody’s death. Pride is no excuse for ripping someone’s loved one away from them.

Please, don’t be part of the statistics. Don’t let yourself get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of alcohol or any other drug.