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Cutler Bay students prepare for safe driving before prom, graduation

Students from Cutler Bay High School collaborate with the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Public School Police and Students Together Against Negative Decisions (STAND) on Tuesday to learn about driving while under the influence.
Students from Cutler Bay High School collaborate with the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Public School Police and Students Together Against Negative Decisions (STAND) on Tuesday to learn about driving while under the influence. Photo provided by the town of Cutler Bay

The senior class from Cutler Bay High School on Tuesday participated in an interactive presentation regarding dangers of driving while under the influence.

The school collaborated with the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Public Schools Police and Students Together Against Negative Decisions (STAND). Students learned about driving while under the influence of the four Ds (drinking, drugging, distracted, drowsy). They also received tips on how to conduct themselves during traffic stops.

Each year more than 4,300 underage youths die from excessive drinking, according to the CDC.

“We are entering a season where our children are excited about reaching this major milestone and are becoming young adults” Police Major Leonard Ricelli said. “We are encouraging the students to join us as safety officers. Don’t drive under the influence, and don’t allow your friends to drive under the influence as well.”

After the presentation, the young people joined the police and students from STAND outside to reenact a traffic stop. This is the third consecutive year that the demonstration has taken place. Cutler Bay High School prom is this weekend and graduation is on June 7.

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