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Fatal car crash simulation: Teens learn that driving impaired can kill

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Prom season is here and first responders around the valley want to make sure students stay safe when they go to big events.

A medical helicopter landed on a football field -- the simulation showed students how first responders deal with deadly car crashes.

The mock car crash was staged at South Mountain High School Friday.

"We're trying to get one message out and that's not to drive when you've been drinking.  Again, we're not condoning drinking, but we're trying to prevent harm from happening," said Kelly Lieberman of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Several groups in the valley were involved in this demonstration -- a simulation of a graphic car accident to make sure students know the deadly dangers of drinking and driving.

"We as firefighters and police officers and first responders see death and dying every day and it's our message and our job. I feel to go out there and try to prevent this from happening," said Lieberman.

Medics say there tend to be some students who take bigger risks than others.  The consequences can be deadly.

Car crashes are the number one reason for teen fatalities in our country.

"As first responders, we get to the scene, we see a young person or anybody for that matter, but particularly a young person, it breaks our heart," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Students also learned the legal consequences of getting behind the wheel while impaired.

"But it's also wearing your seat belt, wearing them properly and following speed limits.  Aggressive driving and speeding is another factor for teen fatalities," said Lieberman.

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