Students Experience a Mock Deadly Car Crash

by Katie Jeffries on April 16, 2010 at 6:09 am

As students get ready for prom season, one group wants to make sure students stay safe as they celebrate.

"There was just an accident… Where at?… Chandlersville road… Where at on Chandlersville Road?… By the vocational school… How many cars are involved… Two… Anybody injured?… Yes, I think so," stated the frantic 911 call.

This is not how students want to spend prom. But it could be a deadly reality for students who choose to drink and drive.

"It is really important for them to be able to visually see what actually happens, the time lapse when EMS arrives and the fire department and the rescue units," says Deputy David Barns with the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office.

The mock crash at Mid East showed students the severity of full scale deadly crash. Twelve members of Students Against Destructive Decisions acted as the injured or dead victims. The Fire and EMS departments responded as if it were a real emergency. Even cutting the students from the cars and covering the dead with a white sheet. Mid East’s prom is one of the largest in the area with 400 students and officials want those 400 to arrive and leave safely.

School officials hope that by showing carnage like this, students won’t get behind the wheel and drink and drive.

"I think it is good they do something like this so it can really put it into people’s head on prom night," tells Cory Tanksaey, a Mid East student.

"Besides that and my dad telling me to drive safe, I mean you never know what is going to happen so just be careful out there," tells Joel Erke, another Mid East student.

"This is the closest we can get to a real thing, we hope that we don’t have something like this. These kids have their whole lives in front of them and we are just hoping to make a positive message today," says Lisa Potts with Students Against Destructive Decisions.