Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Smart Start Program

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The SADD Club of Bellport High School recently participated in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Smart Start Program.  Bellport High School was the first public school on Long Island to participate in the simulation of a drunken driving accident on school grounds.  Five students were selected to be involved in the “accident” which included one impaired driver, one back seat survivor and three students pronounced dead at the scene.  The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in coordination with Bellport High School, South Country Ambulance and Brookhaven Fire Department attended an assembly for seniors to witness the “accident” and the repercussions.  Students observed the first responders pronounce three passengers DOA, including one that had been ejected from the car, a student being rescued by emergency personnel using the Jaws of Life and the driver being “arrested” after failing three sobriety tests given at the scene.  Students were then brought back into the auditorium to discuss the mock accident.