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New Hanover High School students got a lesson outside the classroom Wednesday. Orlando firefighters and paramedics are traveling around the world to teach local high schoolers the importance of making smart choices, in a program called Street Smart. They showed graphic, real life videos and pictures taken at accident scenes. Then they took a student from the audience to demonstrate what could happen if a teen chooses to drink and drive. "I learned that you should always not drink and drive, always wear a seat belt, and if you see someone drinking, don't get into their car and get a taxi or call your mom up," said 12th grader Kaneisha de Vega. “Alcohol-related car crashes are like an epidemic in this country and we're just tired of seeing it on the street. So if we can get out and give some prevention here, then maybe we don't have to see it as much at work," added firefighter/paramedic Chris Stock. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 12 to 24-year-olds.

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