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Mock DUI crash held at Valley high school

The mock DUI crash was held at the school's football stadium. (KTAR Photo/Sandra Haros)

PHOENIX -- As graduation and prom nights approach, the Phoenix Fire Department wants to warn high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Friday, firefighters were joined by Phoenix police officers for a simulated DUI crash involving teenagers at Sunnyslope High School.

"I think it's extremely important," said Quinton Howgard, 18. "I think high school kids think they are invincible but, like the firefighter said, 'The smallest amount sober is still not sober enough.'"

The mock crash involved a teenager who got behind the wheel and barreled into another car, causing fatal injuries to one of teens involved. The high school students were given graphic details about what happens to the deceased, from the moments they are pulled from the mangled wreckage to the point when a medical examiner is opening the chest cavity and extracting vital organs.

"There are a lot of temptations out there but this definitely makes me think twice about drinking and driving," said Howgard.

In 2012, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported over 5,400 alcohol-related crashes in Arizona.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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