Students in the Tennessee Valley are learning a very powerful lesson on the effects of drinking and driving.
Tuesday, local families shared their stories with dozens of kids taking a 30-hour classroom course on defensive driving.
To drive home their point that drinking and driving is serious .. They brought in the actual vehicles their loved ones died driving.
Each victim was hit by a drunk driver.
City leaders say they partnered with the Chattanooga Public Library to really make an impact in the community.
City of Chattanooga Driver's Education Coordinator Caroline Johnson says, "For the kids to hear first hand from a woman who lost her son to a drunk driver and from a young woman who lost her father to a drunk driver, and then to see the demolished vehicles on display. You can hear a pin drop. Children have come up to me and said, "I don't know what to say to this."
After the students complete the classroom portion of this course .. They will then get 6 hours of individual behind the wheel training.