Driving school

Simulation highlights the dangers of impaired driving for students at Las Cruces High

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – High school students in Las Cruces gathered today to watch a simulation showing the death and injuries of seven of their classmates in front of their campus.

It was a simulation set up by Shattered Lives to teach high school students about the repercussions of impaired driving. The students saw one victim die, another injured, three victims airlifted, one transported by firefighters and one transported by ambulance.

Maria Del Carmen is a “Shattered Lives” actress. She plays a grieving mother.

“Not that I’m proud of it, but I was a drunk driver myself at one point, and I, you know, paid the consequences because of my consequences my kids, my grand- kids, there were a lot of people that were involved in it had consequences with me,” Del Carmen said.

“To this day, it even makes me cry sometimes when I think of the consequences I had behind that DWI,” Del Carmen said.

Christopher Hamilton is a student at Las Cruces High School. He played the driver responsible for the accident.

“Knowing that it’s a simulation that I would have killed some of my closest friends, I can’t stand this and I hope no one else has to, and I hope that what do they take away from that experience,” Hamilton said.

It’s the first time since 2019 that “Shattered Lives” has returned to a school campus.