It was a crash course in the dangers of drunken or distracted driving. Literally.

Emergency-services personnel staged a pre-prom "mock" crash Friday for juniors at Fairfield Warde High School to underscore just how dangerous drinking alcohol or phone talking or texting can be when behind the wheel.

Two vehicles -- an SUV and sedan -- were positioned in a head-on collision tableaux near the school's front entrance, while several students participated portrayed crash victims.

Fairfield firefighters, police officers and emergency-medical personnel were all called to the scene and reacted to the "carnage" as if the crash were real. Student "victims" wore microphones so their cries for help and could be heard by the audience.

Even though the crash was a staged event, many of the juniors were clearly moved -- some, even to tears.