For over 30 years, students around the country have seen a reenactment of a horrific night of drinking and driving after prom. This program, in partnership with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), was first developed right here in Waltham by Firefighter Steve Lydon. Mr. Lydon organized the program shortly after he began his job and saw a horrific accident on a prom night. He now dedicates his time to spreading this important message to HS seniors during prom and graduation time.
During the reenactment, the WFD uses the ‘jaws of life’ and cuts open the car to be able to rescue injured passengers. At the beginning of the scene, the students observe the prom goer's car with students jumping out screaming and trying to throw their beers away from the scene before the police arrive. The driver of the prom car was then given a field sobriety test and ultimately placed into handcuffs and arrested for OUI. He was then placed into the rear of the police cruiser.
The students then returned to the auditorium where they listened to a Newton mother speak about poor decision making while driving. This mother lost her son after a car crash about 5 years ago where her son was drinking and driving. Her story followed by an important video as a final message of impact.
Special thanks to Waltham Auto Tow, who donated the ‘crash cars’ and to Brasco Funeral Home for providing a hearse for the added effect of the ‘deceased’ prom go-er being placed in a body bag and transported to the morgue. WPD, WFD, and Cataldo ambulance recreated the accident scene as realistic as it would be for the shocking reality of how these events could happen with poor decision making.