Mock trial teaches seniors the dangers of impaired driving

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Mock trial teaches seniors the dangers of impaired driving

Traeneisha Harry

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Seniors were called out of class on January 11 for a mock trial as a continuation of the incident that seniors saw when they were juniors.
Last April Team Spirit joined with Sudden Impact, a unique program to educate teens and promote healthy decisions, to create a fake automobile accident. The purpose of this accident was to show students the consequences of driving while under the influence.
Senior Kari Stephens played the role of a drunk driver, who drove her car while under the influence of drugs and alcohol and caused a head on collision between her and another car. Senior Darren Martin was Stephens’s passenger and he flew through the windshield and died as a result.
Junior Brandi Hayes was the driver of the other vehicle and her passenger, junior Jaden Smith, broke her legs and suffered from a brain injury after the incident.
At the trial Stephens was charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular negligence, driving while impaired, and texting while driving. The prosecuting attorney mentioned that Stephens could serve up the 30 years in prison for the death of Martin and the paralysis of Smith’s legs and her brain injury. The prosecuting attorney also said that Stephens’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .05%.
The defense attorney argued that Stephens’s wasn’t driving while impaired because her BAC was less than 0.08% which is the level at which drivers 21 years of age can be charged with a DWI.
The prosecuting attorney brought in two witnesses, one who of whom was a state trooper and the other a nurse. The nurse stated that Stephens’s BAC was indeed .05% but she had also consumed a soma, which is a muscle relaxer that blocks pain sensations between the nerves and the brain. Some warnings the soma bottle state is that soma may cause drowsiness and alcohol could intensify the effects. Therefore Stephens’s was under the influence of drugs and alcohol that impaired her driving performance.
All in all, a jury made up of other team spirit members reached a verdict that Stephens was guilty of vehicular homicide, vehicular negligence, driving while impaired, and texting while driving. Since Stephens was found guilty the judge sentenced Stephens to hard labor for 25 years in prison.

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Mock trial teaches seniors the dangers of impaired driving