Glenbard North High School Stages 'Fatal Prom' To Raise Awareness On Impaired And Distracted Driving

Dave Berner
May 15, 2019 - 12:18 pm
“Fatal Prom” crash scenario at Glenbard North High School.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For a decade now, Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream has staged what it calls "Fatal Prom" -- a mock prom night accident, hoping students will get the message.

The Carol Stream Police Department and the Carol Stream Fire Protection District staged Wednesday a DUI fatal crash scene at Glenbard North High School. The presentation is set up in homes to raise awareness among students of the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

"Nothing is more real than watching it happen before your eyes. This is as close as we can get without actually injuring someone," said high school senior, Alex, who was one of the drivers in the mock scenario.

The scene shows one car flipped on its side, while another is heavily damaged; high school students are covered in fake blood and one student is dead on the ground.

“Fatal Prom” crash scenario at Glenbard North High School.
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"Every year you see the emotion in students' faces - you see someone in tears, you see someone who it is really impacting - and for all those people that don't really show that emotion on their face, we hope at least a handful of them are getting in internally," said Traffic Sergeant Brian Cluever.

“As prom approaches, we want to reiterate how devastating the decision to drive impaired or distracted can be. The Carol Stream Police Department is dedicated to preventing senseless injuries and deaths related to traffic crashes. Our hope is that providing this realistic scenario will assist in encouraging Glenbard North High School students to make responsible decisions during prom season and beyond.”

School administrators and police believe the staged scenario has saved multiple lives.