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Ghost Out aims to scare prom goers straight

Mid Georgia Ambulance and Lamar County agencies will host a drunk driving simulation. On April 11 at 9 a.m., Mid Georgia Ambulance, the Lamar County fire department, Barnesville police department and other local public safety agencies will host a Ghost Out at Lamar County Comprehensive High School. The Ghost Out is a program which simulates a drunk-driving scenario where local high school students are the victims. Each year, teens across the nation fall victim to peer pressure and lose their lives in a serious car accident caused by a drunken teen driver. The Ghost Out program begins days ahead of time, when local students are chosen to become ‘victims’. On the day of the Ghost Out, each ‘victim’ will remain silent during the school day, symbolizing what life would be like if they were no longer at school as the result of a drunk driving accident. Ghost Out day concludes with an elaborate simulation of a car accident after prom, caused by a teenaged drunk driver. ’While the program may come across as grim it really drives home the point when students see their peers ‘˜injured’ and even pretending to be killed,’ explains MGA Lamar operations manager Darrell Riggins. Local agencies from across the region will take part in the simulation, responding to the scene of the car accident as though it were an actual mass casualty incident. Fire, EMS and life flight will be on scene responding to the staged accident. Students from LCCHS will also take part, wearing theater makeup to make them appear as though they are injured.

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