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GARNER, IA – As the 911 call comes in, the rest of the scene turns to utter chaos.
This mock car crash shows what can happen if you drink and drive, but there’s an even bigger take-away.
Garner Ambulance Service Member Brain Roberts said, “It’s about teens making proper choices every time they get behind a vehicle and start to drive. Is it putting on their seat belt, is it how fast they’re going, is it the distraction they have? Whether it be from text messaging or the phones they have.”
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura students can only sit back and watch as the first responders perform CPR on a young child, and listen to a teen passenger call out her friend’s name, and the drunk driver answers to law enforcement.
Event organizers hope watching this mock crash, will drive the point home.
Roberts said, “A lot of times, they think they’re invincible, they’re not gonna have something happen to them, it’s always someone else. But we as rescuers, we see this all the time and it is real, it is their lives.”
This is all that’s left after the accident. The roof had to be pried off and there’s fake blood everywhere. Students say watching the scene unfold was extremely real.
Sophomore, Autumn Perahn said, “It kinda puts a big impact on all of us knowing that people from our school that we know can actually get really hurt from stuff like this.”
Sophomore, Jack Pertilson said, “Seeing some of our friends out there and doing this stuff makes it a lot more real, because it could happen to any of us at any time.”
Distracted driving includes texting and driving. And some teens are taking steps in the right direction to keep their friends and themselves safe.
Perahn said, “I usually just ask them if I can text for them.”
Because if the demonstration can make just one teen think twice before making a risky decision, it’s a success.
Roberts said, “We’ve seen improvement, but we have a long ways to go yet. Programs like this will hopefully put that awareness out there for them.”