Don't be surprised if you're near Ithaca High School early this afternoon and see lots of police cars, fire trucks, or even a helicopter. There's a mock DWI accident scenario planned for 1pm to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, underage drinking, and driving while intoxicated.
The event, scheduled from 1-4pm today (the date was changed from yesterday), will feature personnel from the Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff's Department, Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, and, if weather permits, a regional trauma center's medevac helicopter unit.
Student actors and first responders will recreate a scenario of a serious motor vehicle accident, including passenger extraction, field sobriety testing, and even a mock courtroom prosecution of a driver "arrested" for DWI. Media teacher Steve Cass will have a class filming the event for a documentary.