ORANGE High School Year 12 student Zara Crawford watched firefighters cut open a car to retrieve a crash victim today, all the while thinking it could have been her or one of her friends.
She, along with her classmates, had just watched a 20-minute video about a teenager named Tim, who lost his legs after crashing his car whilst speeding.
"It makes you think, it really does," Zara Crawford said.
That was the point according to senior firefighter Paul Owens, who spent yesterday morning convincing school leavers it's all right to party, but do it safely.
"I talked about road safety and the statistics that show young people are over-represented," Paul Owens said.
Zara said the message was something she had heard before but, coming from firefighters who knew Tim and who cut young people out of cars on a regular basis, it certainly made her think about her behaviour and that of her friends.
The Party Safely Day at the school was an initiative of Year 12 advisor Glen Pearson, who organised the demonstration from the firefighters, and talks from police, paramedics and Orange Sexual Health Clinic nurses.
Canobolas Local Area Command Constable Belinda Bostock said young people are often not aware of the law when it comes to drinking.
For example, many are unaware pouring a double shot of alcohol into a friend's glass without telling them is drink spiking.
"They think they're invincible," she said.
Constable Bostock said she would talk to students about the importance of registering parties with police, rules about driving and common alcohol-related offences.
"We're not trying to stop them from celebrating, just making sure they do it safely."