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Distracted Driving Gets MHS' Full Attention Monday before Prom Week

posted May 13, 2013, 3:46 PM by Brandon Jacks   [ updated May 14, 2013, 6:35 AM ]
Madill High School students were reminded Monday of the responsibilities that come with the freedom of driving a vehicle. They were educated using various methods on the campus Monday before one of the biggest nights of the calendar. Prom is slated for Friday at the Wildcat Den. Several students have been planning months in advance for the event. It is to be a night to celebrate. However, students were reminded that they are to celebrate safely and responsibly. The topic was distracted driving. That includes texting and talking on the phone while driving. The mere consumption of alcohol remains illegal for those under the age of 21.
"We feel it's important for any age group not drink and drive," Renee Vance of the Madill Police Department said Monday.
Students drove in an impaired-driving simulator on Monday morning.
Local citizens and law enforcement officials spoke about the dangers of driving while distracted in an assembly Monday afternoon. 
"Your decisions will affect you the rest of your life," Joe Patterson said in the afternoon assembly.
Vance spoke about the dangers of distracted driving. MHS freshman student Courtney Connel gave a first-hand account of being involved in an accident that claimed the life of her grandmother in 2010. Connel spent an extended time in the hospital but has since fully recovered.

See a video clip filmed by Cheyanne Himelright covering Monday's events at MHS below
Brandon Jacks,
May 13, 2013, 3:47 PM