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Drink, drive, die—Any questions?

‘Shattered Dreams’ graphically shows the consequences


Firefighters cover ‘body’ with sheet (L) as ‘rescue’ work of other victims continues during dramatic video project at Rockdale’s Fair Park. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Firefighters cover ‘body’ with sheet (L) as ‘rescue’ work of other victims continues during dramatic video project at Rockdale’s Fair Park. Reporter/Mike Brown It was a movie, but it didn’t feel like one.

The aura on the “set” was somber, sad, tragic.

‘Shattered Dreams,” a video to graphically demonstrate the effects of drunk driving— and just as importantly of getting in a car with a drunk driver—was filmed last Wednesday at Fair Park.

It will be shown to Rockdale High School students in an assembly Friday. Some of them played victims in the video, which was professionally recorded and edited for the presentation.

It was a real as it could get. Actual law enforcement, emergency and judicial personnel were involved.

A medical helicopter flew in for transport and Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home came to the scene for a body pickup.


Volunteer victim Rylee Cowen has chilling, glassy stare of death down perfectly as emergency crews arrive at scene. Volunteer victim Rylee Cowen has chilling, glassy stare of death down perfectly as emergency crews arrive at scene. There were even grim “death notifications” to parents.

Real-life investigators gave the “driver” a sobriety test, arrested him and took him before a Justice of the Peace, a part of the movie that was filmed during the afternoon.

It’s not lost that most of the victims were simply riding with a drunk driver.

GOAL—“Shattered Dreams” is a program which promotes responsible decision-making among high school students.

The statistics are out there—71 percent of high school students say alcohol is easily available and in a recent survey half reported drinking within the past 30 days—but “Shattered Dreams” attempts to put a human face on underage drinking and driving statistics.


‘Shattered Dreams’ was so realistic actual funeral directors (facing camera, (R-L) Wallace and Stephen Jones transported ‘body.’ ‘Shattered Dreams’ was so realistic actual funeral directors (facing camera, (R-L) Wallace and Stephen Jones transported ‘body.’ Research has even shown alcohol affects the adolescent brain differently when compared to the adult brain.

Since a teen’s brain is still developing it is more vulnerable to long-term affects of alcohol. Teen drinkers may suffer damage to the parts of the brain associated with learning and memory and with functions like decision-making and attention.

That can also result in decreased brain functioning and size.

According to “Shattered Dreams,” the brains of teen drinkers have been found to be roughly 10 percent smaller than those of non-drinking teens due to shrinkage and the deaths of brain cells.



At work (left), Rockdale VFD firefighters remove victim; (above) video specialists recorded every tense moment. At work (left), Rockdale VFD firefighters remove victim; (above) video specialists recorded every tense moment.


Above, medical helicopter landed to transport ‘victim.” At right, massive, day-long video event was coordinated by Janice Cowen, Little River Medical Center Emergency Room Nurse Director. Above, medical helicopter landed to transport ‘victim.” At right, massive, day-long video event was coordinated by Janice Cowen, Little River Medical Center Emergency Room Nurse Director.

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