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Message for the Holiday Season: You Drink, You Drive, You Lose

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LAS VEGAS -- Southern Nevada high school students got a message that officials hope everyone understands this holiday season: You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.

First responders, doctors, county officials and families who have lost loved ones in drinking and driving crashes gathered at University Medical Center's Trauma Center Friday to show everyone the consequences of choosing to drink and drive.

Firefighters demonstrated what a real-life rescue looks like. Using the Jaws of Life, crews ripped the roof and doors off a compact car involved in a crash. A dramatic demonstration of the destruction a crash.

According to Clark County, 27 people have died in alcohol-related crashes this year. Nationwide, every 31 minutes, a person dies in a DUI crash.

For one Las Vegas mother, the issue isn't about the numbers, it is about her son. Vickie Johnson's son Joshua was killed June 5, 2005, when a drunk driver struck the motorcycle he was riding.

"She hit my son from behind. She ran over him and she drug him to death. She sentenced Joshua to death, and she sentenced our family to life with parole. Life without Joshua," Johnson said.

For the men and women who go to the scenes and try to repair the damage of a DUI crash, dealing with the aftermath is the most difficult part.

"One of the hardest parts of the job is having to go out in the waiting room and tell a family that their loved one is inside, and they are either badly injured or dead," UMC Medical Director Dr. John Files said.

The message to the students and to everyone this holiday season is to call a cab, take a bus, phone a friend or walk home just don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking.

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