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Bristol students talk prom, good decision making

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It's prom season and for most high school students it means one of the biggest nights of the year before school ends. With all of the efforts to have the "perfect" prom gearing up, so are efforts to deter students from drinking and driving.

In 2012 the Center for Disease Control reported that incidents of drunk driving among high school students was down by more than half since 1991.

Students enjoying prom from Bristol High School on Friday had already been warned of the dangers of drunk driving as the school hosted a mock accident to help prom-goers visualize the devastating effects of driving under the influence. The presentation had an impact on Bristol junior Logan Koeth who said "It seemed very real because I'm close with a couple of people who were in the accident and I just know losing two of my friends would be absolutely horrible."

Juniors Tori Amato, Logan Koeth and Andrew Pleso helped organize the mock accident. When Amato was asked how she knew the event had the desired effect, she said "Just how it affected some of the kids that were there, like even some of them were in tears after it happened because it just seemed so real that it could actually happen to someone from our school."

Andrew Pleso, also a junior at Bristol, echoed Amato's thoughts about the impact the accident had on the students and said, "I think it did [have an effect], really in the majority I don't think that our school has a problem with hazardous driving for the ones that do, it made them think a little more."

Still despite all their efforts, student leaders and school officials realize some may not heed their message.

 "Unfortunately there's always kids that are like that that like to be rebellious and what not and they say 'No I can't drink and  drive and I won't hurt someone else but unfortunately it's the  people like that that are the ones that accidentally hurt people" said Koeth.

Bristol students have joined others from across Trumbull County, in a driving safety awareness group called SMASH, or Students Making A Safer Highway 
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