Prom Promise targets sober driving
By TAYLOR KASER –
About 700 Morrow County Juniors and Seniors heard a gut wrenching story about the dangers of driving while under the influence Friday morning at the Gilead Friends Church auditorium.
Not a sound was to be heard as Alyssa Cabot of Sandusky, told the story of how a drunk driver struck the vehicle that she and her friends were riding in one night.
State Troopers who first responded described a scene with multiple injured persons and cars already smoking. Officers pulled the drunk driver and her dog out of one vehicle and four high school girls were rescued out of their vehicle. Audio from the troopers communication while on site was played, and photos from the accident were shown.
The only serious injuries were sustained to the two girls sitting in the backseat of the car. The woman who hit them on I-71 was a repeat drunk driver and did not have a license at the time. When asked where she was, the woman answered Columbus, but the accident took place on I-71 south of St. Rt. 95.
Alyssa’s mother described the fear and panic she felt when she learned that her daughter had sustained injuries in an accident and had been transported to a hospital.
Formerly a competition cheerleader, Alyssa spent weeks in the hospital undergoing numerous surgeries. A piece of the drunk driver’s vehicle broke off and struck Alyssa in the face. Now planning on studying cosmetology, says the experience has changed her and families lives forever.
Safety during the prom season was emphasized throughout the program. Making responsible choices was highlighted by a “Prom Promise” sheet given to all students. Students were asked to sign the sheet in a pledge to have a safe and fun prom while avoiding using alcohol and illegal substances.
The presentation was organized by the Health Department working with the Safe Community Coalition as part of a pre-prom safety program.