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8/23/2013 5:59:00 AM
No ordinary accident scene: Film depicts dangers of drinking, driving

Dan Kenny, a director for Chicago Productions, runs over the outline of scenes with a group of high school student volunteers while filming a movie Thursday on the dangers of drinking and driving.NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
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Dan Kenny, a director for Chicago Productions, runs over the outline of scenes with a group of high school student volunteers while filming a movie Thursday on the dangers of drinking and driving.

NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
Elizabeth Edwards
NewsTribune Reporter

As the red and blue lights of the ambulance flashed and emergency officials worked, family and friends huddled around the aftermath of a drinking and driving accident.
They helplessly watched as one of their beloved friends was carried down in a stretcher, and hastily rushed off by doctors into the depths of the hospital.
Again, they stood stunned as Peru police officers rushed in after the victim as a reporter ran behind demanding if anyone died.
 Luckily, this accident was part of a script.
The following scene Thursday at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru is part of film aimed to warn local high school students about the consequences of drinking and driving.
Organizer Rodney Perez said the film will be shown to high students before prom night to show them the real-life consequences of drinking. The film is part of a project called Operation Prom-ise.
At the filming, local high students, police officers, parents, reporters and doctors acted out their parts while a director from Chicago Productions filmed.
One high school senior, Sam George, participated as a shocked on-looker as her friend was carried down on a stretcher.
Even though George has not participated in the video before, she believes the video will hit close to home by seeing her friends in the film.
“You always hear stories, but you think it will always happen to someone else,” she said.
Sgt. Scott DeGroot said he hopes the video will open teenagers’eyes about the consequences of drinking and driving.
The 35- to 40-minute film will show a car crash after students attended a party where they were drinking and using synthetic marijuana.
Earlier volunteers shot the accident crash scene, but the scene Thursday was to show the aftermath at the hospital.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. April 30  at La Salle-Peru Township High School.

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