Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, April 10 2014 at 5:03 PM, Updated: Thu, April 10 2014 at 8:21 PM
Klamath Falls, Ore. - About 100 high school students in Klamath Falls got a graphic life lesson on impaired driving Thursday morning during 'Operation Prom Night'.
While the drunk driving crash was simulated, Lindsey Adams' emotions were real "It's - it's breathtaking. It's hard to see - you don't really think it happens like this."
In the simulated crash, a drunk teen smashes head-on into a teacher who's distracted by a cell phone.
3 people are killed. Two others injured - one seriously.
Dan Riblett of Klamath County Fire District #1 said "The objective of Operation Prom Night is to get out the information to all the kids that are out there driving, to not drive impaired."
The 'Prom Nights' were started in Oregon by a Klamath Falls firefighter 10 years ago.
Student Matthew Bruner says the message hits home "Even though it's a simulation, it still seems like such a catastrophic event."
Organizers say that if 'Operation Prom Night' prevents just one accident, their work has been worth the effort.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.