BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It has been almost exactly a year since three Birmingham high school students were killed in a crash just hours after prom.
The three young men were part of Parker High School’s class of 2018.
Officials are hoping to get ahead of prom season this year and want to encourage students to enjoy the big night responsibly.
The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service is kicking off its Operation Safe Prom initiative, a campaign designed to remind students about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Beginning this week, parents and students will notice a large banner and a wrecked vehicle outside Huffman High School.
“This is a real-life example of what can happen if you make bad decisions on prom night, so we thought it would be a good idea that the kids get an actual see an actual car and actual proof of what could happen,” said John Lyons Jr., the principal at Huffman High School.
The program will stop off at all seven Birmingham city high schools throughout prom season.
Students will also participate in a session discussing the dangers of drinking and driving.
The first session kicked off Tuesday at Huffman High School.
“We try to show them the other side of their bad decisions,” said Battalion Chief Sebastian Carrillo. “We have parents that are grieving we have a funeral scene that’s a reality, unfortunately, a person that’s drinking and driving and dies, as a result, doesn’t get to see.”
The wrecked vehicle will stay at the school until Saturday.
Huffman High School’s prom is Friday.