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Southern Hills students learn consequences of distracted driving and alcohol use

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Freshman from five different high schools in the Southern Hills got to see the real consequences of distracted driving, alcohol and drug use.

At first it looks like there is a car wreck. It's not real though. It's all part of Freshman Impact: Caught in the Moment. Students participate in various learning stations. Some of the stations include a bucket brigade, rollover simulator, and an exercise where they drive golf carts while wearing fatal vision goggles. The goggles make them feel impaired.

Organizers say they want students to realize how important the future is, and students say they've learned a lot.

"It's about the kid's future. The choice's they make the consequences that come from those choices, both good and bad," said Rick McPherson,  Founder of Freshman Impact.
 
"I would have never known what it would be like to be drunk, but now I know. I never want to drive like that. I'd be driving in a field," said Lane Lemery, a Hot Springs High School Freshman.
 
The program started back in 2006. First in Wall, then Phillip, and Kadoka. This is the third year it's been in the Southern Hills.
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