West Rowan students witness dramatic display of driving dangers

West Rowan students witness dramatic display of driving dangers

Mount Ulla, NC (WBTV) - You see the stories all the time, a teen takes their eyes off the road to text or make a call, and they lose control.

A new program wants to make sure that never happens again. It's called the VIP for a VIP program.West Rowan High School invited students in on Tuesday for a very realistic display on the school's campus in Mount Ulla.

The VIP for a VIP Program stands for Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person.

The display brings the sight and sounds of a deadly crash to the students in a dramatic way. Organizers hope if these young students see the consequences they'll pay more attention on the road.

"It really puts it into perspective," one student told WBTV.

Two WRHS students were killed on the first day of school in 2012 in a car crash.

Terry Johnson, 15, and Cody Rives, 16, were killed when Rives lost control of his Mazda Miata on Sherrills Ford road shortly after leaving classes on the first day of school Monday. The Mazda slammed into the wall of the Second Creek bridge then crossed the center line and struck an SUV driven by Kara Graham. Graham was treated for a broken arm.

The school says it was something they never want to go through again and that's why they hold these programs.

Local emergency responders helped by providing emergency equipment and by acting out roles and helping the "injured" at the crash site.