Dennis Cavanaugh shows a face of defeat after crashing into a building while he took his turn on the impaired driving simulator.

National Save a Life Tour leaves lasting impression on WP students, faculty

Wauneta-Palisade Schools was one of the 22 stops on the National Save a Life Tour, a safe driving awareness program, last Wednesday, Sept. 13.
    Hayes Center and Hitchcock County also attended the event. Each school paid for a portion of the presentation fee in order to bring in the alcohol awareness campaign.
     The presentation started out with an eye opening video filled with real life testimonies, video clips of cars crashing and images of the destruction after a head on collision involving injured people.
    “It was pretty real. Hopefully this is something that all of us, even adults, will think about before getting behind a wheel. Texting and driving, and drinking and driving are things that adults need to think about just as much as these students. I hope that what these students and adults saw today sticks,” said Joseph Frecks, WP principal/athletic director.
    After the video Devon Watson and Joel Paauwe told their personal testimonies that involved drunk drivers.
    After receiving a call that his brother had been killed by two drunk high schoolers who were racing their cars after prom, Watson made several life changes. One of which was joining the National Save a Life Tour that has headquarters in Michigan near his hometown.
    “It is a serious topic with an even more serious consequence. Do you want to have a ‘good’ teenage life or a good life? Having a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or MIP (Minor In Possession) can affect you the rest of your life. At the end of the day no text or party is really that important,” said Watson.

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