Deaths of friends, sister in drunken-driving accidents inspired activist

Michael Washington, a Jefferson City High School junior, center, checks out an interactive display to test drinking and driving responses during the Save a Life Tour-High Impact Alcohol Awareness Program at the school’s gym Wednesday.

Michael Washington, a Jefferson City High School junior, center, checks out an interactive display to test drinking and driving responses during the Save a Life Tour-High Impact Alcohol Awareness Program at the school’s gym Wednesday. Photo by Julie Smith.

What better way to reach teens than with a huge multimedia event?

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CeJay Rich, Save A Life Tour road manager, offered Jefferson City High School students a chance for a very visual and realistic tour of the effects of drinking and driving and some of the tragic consequences.

“This is how you have to reach out to teens now,” said Joy Sweeney, executive director of the Council for Drug Free Youth, speaking at Jefferson City High School during the National Save a Life Tour.

The Save A Life Tour reaches students worldwide, and has been reaching Helias High School and Jefferson City High School students this week, spreading the message that drunken driving can have fatal consequences.

The multimedia event featured large screens with personal videos playing, and a five-screen, 180-degree driving simulator allowed students a chance to feel what it is like to drive drunk.

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