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Shaq gives a lesson in safe driving to some DeKalb County students

Shaquille O’Neal helps students think prom safety during a special safe driving program at Arabia Mountain High School.
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Some DeKalb County students got a message on dangers of drunk and distracted driving from NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. The bigger than life B-ball start brought a real life message to students at Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia on Thursday.

It was part of a week of safety initiatives leading up to prom night. The event served to strengthen the message of the Ghost Out Program, where students dramatize a DUI accident. Ghost Out is a joint DeKalb County Schools and Public Safety initiative to help teens realize the importance of making good choices when behind the wheel.

During Thursday’s event, Shaq joined representatives from the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office, the county's fire and rescue department and the Georgia Department of Highway Safety for the presentation. Students also heard from a DUI accident victim who almost died in an automobile crash and learned legal about the legal impact of vehicular homicide charges.

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