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Students in the Civil Air Patrol discovered a creative way to drive home the dangers of drinking and drugs to young people.

On a sunny Saturday morning, a lot of teens would choose to sleep in but not Arizona cadets in the Civil Air Patrol.

They came out to the Deer Valley Airport to learn about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and how their decisions can affect other people.

"It teaches us self discipline and just knowing what's right and what not to do," said Courtney Deinzer, a Civil Air Patrol Cadet.

At just 14-years-old Courtney Deinzer is the public affairs officer for the unit and she said her peers in the patrol will share this crucial information with the rest of the teens at home and at school.

I just like seeing all the things they bring out here, the things that are interesting," said Courtney Deinzer. "I like learning about why drugs are bad and what they can do to you."

"They're all friends so it shares between the friends," said Kevin Deinzer, with the Civil Air Patrol. "They think about it a little bit more when they do get in a situation where they've been drinking or a friend has been drinking and driving or drug use tobacco."

Aside from the helicopter, the k9 unit and the smashed evidence of the dangers of drunk driving, a popular educational tool is the combination of beer goggles and the pedal cars; a drunk driving demonstration that shows drinking and driving don't mix.

"It's just to give the awareness to the cadets about drug use and the consequences that may come of it," said Kevin Deinzer.

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