Wouldn't it be great if there were a program that gave high school students a chance to see what could happen to their lives if they make the choice to drink and drive?
It's called "Shattered Dreams" and it was presented to students of the London Independent School District Thursday morning.
The students got a first-hand look at the dangers of drinking and driving and the impact these teens are making on our roads.
It's a tragedy no one ever expects.
"There are choices you have to make being on my own at college, and I think this will help me with those decisions," senior Dalton Rives said.
"We've had kids come back later that took part in it and say when they were college, maybe they drank but didn't get behind a wheel," Shattered Dreams Chairperson Karen Beard said.
Corpus Christi police, DPS troopers and fire departments around the Coastal Bend gathered together to instill the life-long lesson about drinking and driving.
"Nothing good is going to come out of it. Possibly intoxication manslaughter, with the possibility of killing other people or killing yourself," DPS Sgt. Nathan Brandley said.
19 students selected at random took part in the two-day program. The process was emotional for many.
"It's just really hard. Just the way you treat everyone throughout school, you never really know what could happen," Davina Sanchez said.
Sanchez participated in this year's program and had this to share with her fellow classmates.
"Your life is more important than drinking and having a good time," Sanchez said. "It may seem fun in the moment, but it's not worth it."
Experts said motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of deaths among teens.
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