MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Prom season is upon the Grand Strand, and as teens prepare with tuxes and corsages, first responders and doctors are hoping they can pass on the message of responsible choices.
"They're just weeks away from their prom," said Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Trauma Surgeon Dr. Antonio Pepe. "Unfortunately, the way statistics are, they could become a part of this exact scenario in three to four weeks."
Dr. Pepe, along with first responders and other doctors, held a program for Myrtle Beach High School students called Prom Promise. The program recreates a fatal accident, and examines the consequences when just one person chooses to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink.
"I'm playing the drunk drive," said high school student Chocolate Wilson. "I'm excited, hoping to have fun, and be safe."
This is the first time Grand Strand Regional has put on the program, but it has been held nationwide for years. Some trauma nurses said they see dramatic decreases in drunk driving traffic fatalities because of the program. Dr. Pepe said he hopes to see the same in Myrtle Beach.
"It's high volume," Dr. Pepe said. "We see this kind of thing on a weekly basis."