A Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy, right, gives Carson Kazee a sobriety test following the “mock” accident he was in Friday during the “Mock Crash” at Fort Jennings High School. (DHI Media/Martin Verni)
A Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy, right, gives Carson Kazee a sobriety test following the “mock” accident he was in Friday during the “Mock Crash” at Fort Jennings High School. (DHI Media/Martin Verni)
FORT JENNINGS — The scene was grim. One young passenger had gone through the windshield. Another, covered in blood, wandered around the two mangled vehicles involved in the accident.

This is the scene Fort Jennings High School students saw unfold behind the school Friday morning during a Mock Crash event geared to encourage students attending prom and graduations to not drink and drive or exhibit other distracting behaviors while driving like texting.

Dean of Students Todd Hoehn said he got more from what the students didn’t say.

“They really got the message when the tarp went up and the events started. They were very quiet,” Hoehn said. “I think the biggest thing that caught their attention was when Love Funeral Home’s hearse pulled up. That was sobering.”

Hoehn said the exercise wasn’t used to scare the students but to make them aware of what can happen when you are distracted while driving.

“I think for some the biggest impact was seeing their parents or other family members arrive on the scene as safety service personnel and seeing their reactions,” Hoehn said. “This isn’t just for drinking and driving. It’s for anything that takes your eyes or attention off the road.”

The mock crash was a joint effort of numerous Putnam County safety service departments.

“Fire Chief Josh Warnecke called us and asked if they could hold one for us,” Todd Hoehn, dean of students said Friday. “It helps them with their training, too.”

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Ottoville and Kalida fire departments also participate and Lifeflight flew onto the scene.