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Published March 22, 2012, 08:32 PM

As Prom Season Starts, Realistic Mock Crash Held in Larimore

LARIMORE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - This weekend kicks off prom season in Grand Forks County, a time that's often associated with drunken driving. On Thursday, the community of Larimore came together to remind students of the harmful effects of drinking and driving through a mock car crash.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

LARIMORE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - This weekend kicks off prom season in Grand Forks County, a time that's often associated with drunken driving.

On Thursday, the community of Larimore came together to remind students of the harmful effects of drinking and driving through a mock car crash.

200 Larimore Public and private school students gathered to watch as multiple ambulances and fire trucks responded to the mock crash.

"It does happen because I've had to many times go to someone's house and say their loved one is not coming home. That's why we try to do this ahead of time," Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost said.

Firefighters used the jaws of life to rescue students in very realistic make-up. Some were put on gurneys, and one in a body bag.

"Kids think they can go have a good time and not be responsible to anybody or anything, but all of a sudden this happens and life changes forever," Rost said.

"It's very real and you don't want to it happen to you or your friends. It's sad and it's hard to believe that it's actually real and it happens," Larimore student Sara Larson said.

"I was just thinking that could happen to anybody anywhere and people really need to be careful with what they're doing," Larimore student Tosha Elfman said.

For Todd Elfman, a senior, the presentation had a special meaning as he is also a volunteer with Larimore ambulance service.

"It's tough sometimes. You go to school with them and you see them during the day and at night they're laying out there on the pavement like some of these guys were today. So I'm glad some of them that haven't been in those type of accidents get to see it," Elfman said.

Even State Attorney Peter Welte made an appearance to give students the message that recklessness leads to much more than injuries like life in prison.

"Your lives are just beginning, make the choices to keep them going in a happy manner," Welte said.

Larirnore Fire and Rescue, Brown Funeral Home and others helped with the event.

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