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Pueblo students take "head on" approach to addressing drunk driving

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Pueblo West students faced the deadly consequences of driving under the influence, head on, during a demonstration outside their school Thursday.

"When I heard my 'parents' come out yelling and screaming--that was the most shocking part, other than the fact that I was dead," said Pueblo West senior Jayden Budzon. 

Budzon, along with other seniors from his drama class, were asked to play the actors in a scenario where two cars full of teens heading to prom crash into each other because one of the drivers was drinking.

"This is everything we would do in real life.  Extricating the cars, cutting them open, getting the patients out," said Brad Davidson with the Pueblo West Fire Department, who assisted with the demonstration.

They were even able to call in a medical helicopter--making the demonstration feel uncomfortably close to reality.

"I mean, I watched my classmates get pulled out on stretchers out of a car.  That really is something you'll never forget," said senior Madison Harris.

Firefighters want to make sure teens don't forget other equally as dangerous driving habits.

"We also incorporate the driving under the influence of drugs and also the texting and driving--being distracted," said Davidson.
And that's what really hit home for Budzon during his role in today's deadly scenario.

"I used to send an occasional text.  I'd be talking to Siri, having it send it for me.  But still, the distraction is there.  In all reality, you shouldn't have it with you, it should be put away," he said.

A good reminder as students get ready to head to prom.

Pueblo West High School's City Council wants to say a big thank you to The Pueblo West Fire Department, as well as Classic Auto, for donating the cars and resources to make this day possible.

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