IMPERIAL, Mo. – May 3, is Wake Up Day at Seckman High School where local authorities will stage a crash simulation to caution students against drinking and driving, especially with prom night approaching.

The Antonia Fire Protection District of Jefferson County will set up a car wreck on the school campus at 2800 Seckman Road. The demonstration aims to remind students of the dangers associated with driving under the influence. The event will include guests Christi Weidler and Captain Ben Ortballs-Steinkamp, who will discuss the impact of such incidents.

Statistics show that about a third of teen traffic fatalities related to alcohol occur between April and June, which coincides with the peak of prom season. Teens are 17 times more likely to die in a crash with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% compared to when they have not been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that one in three teen crash deaths happens during prom season, underscoring the importance of this event’s message.