Students at Signal Mountain Middle High School got a rude awakening today.
They saw first hand the effects of drinking and driving.
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department hosted a mock crash.
Organizers say crashes among young drivers, ages 15 to 24, have steadily increased in Hamilton County.
Just last year, there were more than 5,000 crashes involving that age group.
We're told a little more than a hundred of those were alcohol related.
Anna Althaus, a student, says, "I think that everybody here needs to realize what things can happen when they drink and drive, text and drive, and just don't pay attention to the road. I thought it was a good demonstration and showed what serious things can happen to people."
Each year a different school in Hamilton County hosts this event.