Montana News

May 10, 2012 11:03 AM by Drew Trafton (KTVQ Billings)

Dramatic presentation shows perils of distracted driving

In the war against drinking and driving, it's become common for law enforcement agencies to try to implant the emotion of an actual car wreck through dramatization.

Generally, teens from highs schools and junior high schools will be assembled in a parking lot or near an open field outside of their school where they watch classmates die, become seriously injured, or get arrested due to involvement in drinking while driving.

Although the presentations pack a punch, Chris Benton, the Trauma Coordinator for the Beartooth Billings Clinic wanted to shake things up a little bit.

"We really changed this program for this year because it's already been around the county four times," said Benton. "And so, we wanted to have a different flare with the assembly which really keeps the crowd close together and allows the speaker to get across their message of distracted driving."

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