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Thursday, April 9th the
Montgomery County
Sheriff's Office in
conjunction with several
community partners
conducted their first ever
"Operation Prom
Night".    A head-on
collision involving two
vehicles;  One car was
returning from a church  
function and the other
from prom night.
The graphic scene portrayed the complete process of working the accident, including arrival of the Joplin and Mt. Ida/Southfork First
Responders,  life saving attempts by the Southwest EMS ambulance service, County and State Police processing of the accident, the
arrival of family members and eventually the Montgomery County Coroner.

In the accident portrayed, two passengers were killed, one from each vehicle.

The drive of the vehicle coming from the prom was given field sobriety test and failed.  He was arrested and placed into a patrol unit.  The
passengers who were hurt were attended to by the First Responders and Southwest EMS.  Parents were notified and finally the Coroner
arrived and processed the two youth killed in the accident.

It was a sober scene as the crowd watched.

After the presentation Joey Powell and Joey Woodfield shared stories of dealing with similar situations in their family, either resulting in
the loss of a family member or a very close call, resulting from the actions of a drunk driver. Both speakers implored those looking on not
to get behind a wheel if they had been drinking.

Judge Bill McKimm also addressed the crowd.  McKimm explained the consequences of the situation from a legal aspect.  A DWI, first
offense, includes a fine of over $700, mandatory alcohol training, minimum of 24 hours jail time, driver’s license suspension of 120 days,
along with increased cost of vehicle insurance.  McKimm went on to explain the related cost of a second DWI- a fine of more than $1500,
alcohol training, and a minimum of 10 days in jail.

These examples are before considering any related deaths caused by a drunk driving accident.  Manslaughter in a Class C felony
carrying 3—10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and up to $10,000 fine-All of this before an assessment of the emotional
cost of causing a loss of life while driving impaired.