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TEARS Continued from page 46 death was the direct result of alco- hol-consumption, speed, no seat belt use or a combination of all three factors. The first case students see is a young man who while operating a compact car at high speed, failed to stop at a stop sign, and crashed into a 1968 classic sports car. The 23-year-old driver of that car was killed instantly; his bride, a pas- senger in the front seat, sustained multiple internal injuries. Neither of them were wearing seat belts. The man who caused the death and injuries had been drinking at a Shorebirds game then had gone to a local pizza restaurant, where he consumed more beer. His blood alcohol level (BAC) was not espe- cially high, but it was obviously high enough to impair his ability to drive. 'rhat little bit of alcohol in- creased his bravery to drive," "said Cpl. Lad Dick of the Sussex Coun- ty FAIR team based at Troop 7. "Speed kills." The defendant was convicted on criminal charges and traffic viola- tions; he was sentenced to two II Teenager Continued from page 46 came back and asked if we need- ed anything. My boyfriend and I had already discussed having a drink. I was like 'ha-ha, funny; I'm not going to get served.' "Then she came back, and he ordered a Corona, hut she said they didn't have that. She named a Japanese beer, and he asked if I wanted that, and I said, 'yeah, that sounds good.' She brought it back to the table and poured it for me." Meanwhile, her boyfriend or- dered and was served his second round of sake. "I had some of that, too," said B. B's first time being offered al- cohol at a Rehoboth restauraunt wasn't April Fools' Day 2000. The first time was in fall 1996. B was a 14-year:old attending a bachelorette party for one of her mother's friends when a bartender at a Rehoboth Avenue eatery as- sumed because B was with the group Of adult women, she was at least 21. The bartender never asked for identification and at- tempted to serve the teenager. B's years in prison, fines and commu- nity service. The presentation does not address whether the man is still haunted by the image of the crumpled vehicle and dead man who was left in the wake of his al- cohol-induced poor judgment. The FAIR team photos of the acci- dent, however, will undoubtedly leave indelible images in the mem- ories of those students who see the TEARS presentation. Another case portrays a 2 i-year- old victim whose life ended 16 days before Christmas. When she died in the crash, she had a BAC of 0.11 percent. She had been cited the day before for driving 20 mph over the speed limit; it was her third crash in eight days. "One in 20 Delaware drivers were involved in crashes in 1998," said Dick. "In Delaware there is a crash every 26 minutes. Last year, there were 107 fatal crashes in which 115 people died. Only 38 percent of those people were wear- ing seat belts, and alcohol was a factor in 36 percent of the cases." The numbers speak for them- selves, said Dick, but showing the students pictures of what those numbers truly mean - through the TEARS program - may be a key to mother intervened, however, and the young teen wasn't served. Being in another state made no difference for the minor finding it easy to get served alcohol. "We went to a bar in Maryland April 15," said B. "I didn't even know if we were allowed in there, so we went to the restaurant part. We just wanted to play pool." B's boyfriend ordered a beer, then later ordered another. While placing his second order, B held what was left of the first and took a couple of sips. "We went and sat at a table, and he got me a beer and I drank it. I got kind of a buzz from it, because I don't drink all that often. I was feeling it." B said her boyfriend said they would have no trouble getting in- to Cape Region night spots during the summer, and she would get served. They've decided to try it some evening but they've also de- cided they will do it by using taxis for their transportation. "I get carded for buying ciga- rettes," said B. "One would think if I get carded for lt, I would get carded for buying alcohol, too. I've never tried to buy it in a liquor store, though." BRUCE W. CHILCOAT Associate Vice President Financial Advisor Certified Financial Planner (302) 226-5100 (800) 258-3131 Fax (302) 226-5200 Call for Financial Planning Consultation keeping them safer. "As of April 14, 2000, there have been two fatal crashes in Troop 7 territo- ry and nine personal injury cases involving the possibility that death would result," said Dick. "There were DICK eight fatals in Sussex, and of those eight, five were alcohol-related. Last year, said Dick, the FAIR team investi- gated 26 fatal accidents in Sussex County and 32 personal injury cas- es where death was a possibility. "The students may have heard of some of the cases in the power- point examples in one way, shape or another, and it may cause them to think before they drink and drive, don't wear their seat belts or become overconfident." Heberling, of the Kent County FAIR team, was instrumental in getting the program development under way. He is solely responsi- ble for the name of the program. "Being in the fatal accident busi- ness for five years,.I guess if I had to summarize it, it would be a lot of tears. The crashes all cause needless anguish." Heberling and Troop 7's Nelson started working on the TEARS plan in September 1999, after de- termining the video presentation the FAIR teams used with driver's education classes was not as effec- CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 2000 - 4", Why are crashes the leading cause of death for youths age 15 to 2 ! ? Perhaps the following statistics provide some answers. Two-thirds of the crashes were at night 106,000 injured in single-vehicle crashes 23 alcohol-related I 40 percent of the 20 million of the nation's junior and sen- [11 ior high students drink weekly. As many as 7 million buy the I alcohol themselves. 49 percent of crashes were caused by inexperience Two of three teens killed in crashes were male 65 percent of teen passengers' deaths occurred when another teen was driving tive as they could be: they were outdated, their length often caused students to lose interest, and there was no substitute video to use for Prom Promise special presenta- tions. "It's still a work in progress," said Heberling. What's particular- ly good about the TEARS program is it can be easily updated. Heber- ling said he anticipates it will be changed every six months, either by changing the cases represented, by updating the statistics shown or both. Schools may request presen- tations at any time of the year, but troopers encourage all high schools to schedule them in the spring before they have their proms. FAIR team members con- ducted the first TEARS program in Sussex County to Indian River High School April 18. Cape Hen- lopen High School has not yet scheduled a TEARS event; Cape's prom is May 20. Beach Babies Summer Camp Is Back! An exciting fun-filled 12 week program guaranteed to make your summer a wet & wild ride. CAMP WILL BE HELD IN LEWES AT BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH {4th & Market Street) June 12- Sept. 1 ' 9 -3 Mon. - Fri. (Extended Care Available 7am- 5pro) ESPECIALLY PLANNED FOR 5-10 YEAR OLDS. 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