KAYSVILLE -- Sirens blared. Two ambulances, numerous officers from the Kaysville Police Department and the Davis County Sheriff's Office, firemen and a medical helicopter converged on Davis High School's south parking lot Wednesday. A student's body lay across the hood of a damaged automobile, and students were unconscious in the car that had been hit.
While the emergency vehicles and responders were real, the accident was just a re-enactment of a terrible car crash caused by a drunken driver.
The purpose of the event was to impress on students the problems that result from impaired, drowsy or distracted driving.
Students from the advanced drama class and others played the injured.
It looked as though the boy on the hood of the car had gone through the windshield on impact. The girl who was driving had blood on her face. When an officer opened the driver-side door, beer spilled on the ground and a beer can rolled out.
Paramedics from the sheriff's office started IVs and took care of those who were to be transported to medical facilities.
And the Grim Reaper stood beside the body on the car, signifying that the student had been killed.
All of this drama -- including the impaired driver being handcuffed and taken away in a police car -- was played out to teach the watching high school students a lesson.
This was the second time paramedic Ashley Fox, from the Davis County Sheriff's Office, had participated in this kind of educational event.
"I think it's amazing. You can talk all you want, but it doesn't sink in until you think outside the box and do something like this," she said.
This type of re-enactment of a serious accident helps students see what might happen to them in a similar situation, Fox said.
However, she said, parents need to be involved with their children, too.
"You have to start at home and have a support network, or all of this is wasted."
Davis County also sponsored a meeting for parents Wednesday evening to help them help their children.
"This is our first parents' night. I hope it takes off," Fox said.
Although McCall Simmons performs with the advanced drama class at Davis High, she was still nervous as she played the part of an injured passenger in a car.
"This is something that needed to be said," Simmons said. "I was nervous -- it was emotional manipulation.
"Everybody says they have driven sleepy or while texting."
In her role, she acted as though she was unconscious and was taken on a stretcher to the waiting helicopter.
Following the re-enactment of the drunken driving crash, the students gathered on the football field's bleachers, where obituaries of those who "died" in the accident were read, bringing out mixed emotions as students and faculty quietly listened.
Every 15 minutes, a life is lost because of a drunken driver, students were told.
Davis County Sheriff Bud Cox spoke to the students.
"This is a very important project. It affects every one of you," he said.
If a passenger in a vehicle knows the driver is distracted or doing something wrong, that passenger has a responsibility to do something about it, Cox told the students.
Don't drive drowsy, distracted, impaired or not buckled up, he said.
"You have the responsibility to not drive stupid," Cox said before introducing Reggie Shaw, who talked about texting while driving.
Shaw was 19 years old in 2006, when, on his way to work, he decided to text while driving. His car went over the center line and crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing both men in that vehicle on impact.
Shaw was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 100 days of community service for killing the men. Since then, the law has been changed to give stricter penalties.
"You do not want to see this in real life. I have seen it, and it is a sight I will never get out of my mind," Shaw said.
"I think of it every day. It was one poor decision, one bad act behind the wheel.
"When I was 19, I didn't think it could happen to me."