NEWBERRY — Newberry City Police and Fire Departments took part in the Prom Promise event at Newberry High School Tuesday morning. The event was held in collaboration with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry County EMS, the Newberry Coroner’s Office and the Newberry County Coalition on Underage Drinking.
The initiative began years ago, Police Chief Roy McClurkin said as an effort to try and educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving, not only during their prom season, but any time.
“We are very proud of our work and partnership with the Newberry County Coalition on Underage Drinking, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders throughout Newberry County to combat underage drinking and driving to make prom season safe,” McClurkin said.
Several Newberry High School students began Tuesday by performing a skit for their peers to demonstrate how the decision to drink on prom night could drastically impact their life or the life of those they care about.
Following the skit, students were led outside where a mock crash scene had been set up for local officials to show students what occurs during a crash and how dangerous just one drink could be.
Fire Chief Keith Minick said those involved in setting up the crash scene make it as realistic as possible to send a message to students to be safe.
“Educating our high school students on why it’s important to be safe and smart, not only during the prom, but on any given day is essential,” Minick said. “The mock drill is a great way to show up close what can happen during an accident.”
Throughout the prom season, officials will make their way to other Newberry County schools to offer the same words of wisdom to students.