Simulated Accidents and Distracted DrivingJanuary 9, 2018
When it comes to educating people about the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving, nothing is more effective than seeing first-hand the devastation that this can cause, including property damage, serious injuries, and even fatalities.
A group of students in New Jersey saw this devastation first hand when they had the opportunity to witness a simulated distracted driving accident that involved realistic images of what first responders typically see at the scene of a distracted driving accident.
Simulation and Re-enactment
Police, paramedics, the fire department and members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s DECA club re-enacted the scene of a mock accident. They used a donated vehicle that had already been badly damaged in a previous accident.
Parents and students played the roles of the teens involved in the accident and their families who arrived at the scene panicked and distraught. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks all rushed to the scene after a mock 911 call was made. Paramedics acted out an attempted life-saving procedure on one of the student actors.
Many of the students watching the simulated wreck said that they became particularly emotional when the parents of the victim arrived at the scene. Although it was a mock accident, seeing the distraught “parents” show up at the scene only to find their “child” in critical condition really hit home.
According to the Scotch Plains Chief of Police, there is a big difference between learning about something like this in a classroom versus seeing first-hand the devastation it can cause. When you see a fellow classmate lying on the road next to a wrecked car, the message gets across loud and clear.
In addition to being profoundly affected by the images they saw during the simulated accident, the students also learned some valuable lessons that they will remember the next time they are behind the wheel. For example, no text message is so important that it is worth getting into an accident to send or to read while driving. If the message is important, pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot before sending or reading it. The same rule applies to phone calls. If you have consumed alcohol and you do not have a ride home, call a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft, rather than risking an accident by driving drunk.
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