DUI: The Hard Truth
Running Time: 29 Minutes
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Hosted by a career EMT, this video reveals the hard truth and horrifying ordeals resulting from driving under the influence of alcohol-a young woman telling of having to identify her little sister's body at a morgue after she was killed by an intoxicated teen driver; an ER doctor talks about "breaking the news" to parents whose son was killed in a drunk driving crash; and a young man shares the details of his living nightmare when he killed his two best friends while he was DUI. The program concludes with the EMT relating a grisly story of a young girl critically burned after her car was hit by a drunken teenager. Each incident is told "live" in front of an audience of students, parents, teachers and medical professionals who add their expertise. Dramatic video reenactments hammer home the indisputable truth that driving while drunk or impaired results in unforgettable pain, suffering and death.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Chris Awards: Bronze Plaque
Bronze Telly Award
Educational Media Reviews Online: Highly Recommended
This film is a powerful indictment of those who drink, or use drugs, and drive. Drivers, one speaking from prison, talk about the horrifying results of their bad decision—people killed or left severely injured and permanently handicapped. Photos show the extent of some of these injuries and may be upsetting to viewers, so the program should be previewed before it is shown. Standing on stage in front of a live audience, a woman explains her ordeal in identifying her young sister’s body after she was killed by a drunk teen driver, an ER doctor talks about telling a father that a drunk driver killed his son, a woman tells how she killed her best friend when she was driving while intoxicated, and more. The program’s host, an emergency medical technician, describes the accident scenes he has witnessed. Photos and reenactments of scenes described leave little doubt about the devastating effects of drunk driving.
- Anitra Gordon, formerly Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti, MI
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