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Sun April 27, 2014
Health and Welfare

Bus Crash Film Part of DUI Offender Class

Credit wearemoviegeeks.com

Mandatory classes for those convicted of DUI will one day include a documentary film about the nation's worst drunk driving crash.  A preview came Friday during a one day training event at Eastern Kentucky University.

The film "Impact: After the Crash" examines the 1988 Carrollton bus crash through the eyes of survivors and family from the Radcliff community.   Lee Etta Cummings is the State DUI Program Manager.  She says the aim is to integrate the documentary into the DUI classes.

"In a year we have 20 thousand first offenders convicted in Kentucky annually.  Roughly 46 percent or ten thousand would be receiving this 20 hour educational curriculum through or certified DUI programs," said Cummings.

Bus crash survivor Harold Dennis also participated in the meeting at E-K-U.   He believes the documentary will carry an impact on attitudes, but admits it's hard to predict if it will change behavior.  Jason Epperson of Winchester directed the film. 

"Just kind of meeting and intimately learning about the families and the survivors and what they went through in this crash it was incredible.  It was a very worthy project, a project that I feel like I hang my hat on and something to be proud to be part of," said Epperson.

The documentary was shown Friday to 150 administrators who direct programs for people convicted of driving under the influence.​