'Smart Start' driver’s education program organized by Suffolk County Sheriff's Office in Hauppauge

The sheriff's office plans to hold another mock drill next month. (7/12/14)

HAUPPAUGE - A mock drill on Saturday gave driver's education students an eye-opening look at what can happen if they drink and drive.

About 40 students and parents attended "Smart Start" at the Gersh Academy Driving School in Hauppauge, which was organized by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Jacob Gross says they wanted to give the school a firsthand look at what it's like to be at the scene of an accident. The sheriff's office says there is a crash-related death every 15 minutes in the United States.

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The program is funded by the New York state Governor's Traffic and Safety Commission. The sheriff's office plans to hold another mock drill next month.

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