North Lamar ISD, local emergency services, first responders, and law enforcement officers have been preparing for a mock wreck at North Lamar High School intended to educate teenagers about the tragedy of automobile accidents, especially during prom and graduation seasons. On Friday, May 13, two dramatizations are located north of the high school student parking lot. The first one is at 9:30 am for juniors and seniors and the second at 1:15 pm for first- and second-year students.
The mock crash aims to send a hard-hitting reminder of the dangers and consequences of unsafe driving behaviors. “This is an event designed to instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking while driving,” said NLHS nurse and event coordinator Justine Wideman. “We believe that this will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.”
The mock wreck uses real crashed vehicles set up on school grounds and student participants to act out roles as crash victims dramatically. On the scene are local emergency services, including police, paramedics, firefighters, Care Flight’s helicopter, and hearse. The school’s entire student body will watch the demonstration and learn how emergency responders conduct rescue efforts in real-time. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
“Mock crashes are a dramatic presentation to educate teenagers about the true consequences of poor driving decisions,” said Wideman. “When students see their friends and peers carried out in a body bag and another handcuffed, it hits home. It’s a strong message that aims to influence their driving choices, especially at such a potentially dangerous time of year.” In addition, North Lamar urges parents to reinforce driving laws with their teens, such as seat belt use, passenger limitations, nighttime driving, no cell phone use, and no texting.