'Operation Prom Promise' Deters Students From Drunk Driving

HAMPTON, Tenn. - Some high school students got a glimpse into their possible future through an elaborate drama staged in the Hampton High School football stadium.

It's called Operation Prom Promise and it's meant to be a harsh reminder of what can happen if someone decides to drink and drive. Carter County emergency responders, along with some actors from Milligan College, depicted a normal prom night that ends in a terrible car crash.

Ambulances, fire crews and even Wings Air Rescue show up to the scene.

Carter County sheriff Chris Mathes hopes the message will get through to the kids. "Hopefully this is a lasting impact that will go on for years to come, even after in college, that they don't make that poor decision to drink and drive," he said.

Statistics compiled by the state of Tennessee report that between 2003 and 2008 more than 4,000 teens used alcohol before a crash.

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