LPD introduces United High School students to "Shattered Dreams"

The two-day event helps to educate the students on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Abraham H. Diaz, Jr. addresses a group of first responders at the last planning meeting for the Shattered Dreams event.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - United High School students get a very visual lesson about drinking and driving.

It was the first day of the two-day event, "Shattered Dreams."

"The purpose of the 'Shattered Dreams' program is to show the students, especially the graduating class, the consequences that can happen when they decide to party, or challenges the consequences of what could happen if they decide to drink and drive," said Officer Abraham H. Diaz, of the Laredo Police Department Community Relations Unit.

The students got to vote on their favorite scenario to present for the event, which ended up being a "mock crash" scene to re-enact the aftermath of a situation involving a drunk driver.

"You can't be the only one," said United High School student Jerry Villarreal. "A lot of people think that they won't be the ones to crash, but, I mean, you can never be too prepared. You should always have that constant thought in your head. That you could possibly be one of those people."

Officer Diaz says there may be an important reason why the students went with this choice.

"It's unfortunate that in our community we have parents that are doing what we just portrayed today," said Diaz. "This is one of the main reasons that the students wanted to go this route."

The students have been working on the "mock crash" scenario since February. The "Shattered Dreams" event continues on Friday.

A minor under the age of 21 cannot be caught with any alcohol in the state of Texas.

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