“You read about these tragedies in the paper and see them on the news. But, until you see it up close and talk to those involved it is far away, less than real. Young people think they are immortal, invincible.”
What grabbed the attention and brought tears to the eyes of at least some of these teens were the stories told by those involved in drunk driving (or risky driving) related car crashes. At one of the events a young man now wheelchair bound as a result of such an crash and today the parents of a young woman who died because her vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. Emotional, personal stories. Affective, effective stories.
That is where the “wow” factor is to truly get someone’s attention and, just perhaps, impact/change their behavior. Get rid of the reenactment. Let these people tell their story, tell their lives, get personal.
Think, make good choices, don’t take chances.