As parents, we love our kids. We want them to grow up to be responsible drivers, but all teenagers go through the period where they are inexperienced at driving, more prone to engage in risky driving behaviors, and at a much higher risk of being involved in a crash. Simply nerve-wracking for parents.
According to the website www2.courtinfo.ca.gov, the #1 killer of teens in the United States is car crashes, and teens are four times more likely to be injured or killed in a traffic collision than people that are older.
The government website says that teens are more likely to speed, ride with a drunk driver, and drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
As sober drivers, teens are already at a high risk of being injured or killed in a crash due to their lack of experience behind the wheel, so when they are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their even more likely to be injured or killed.
Mock DUI Crash in Orange County
On Tuesday morning, March 28, 2016, students at San Juan Hills High School were able to get upfront and personal with DUI, without having to leave school grounds.
The students at San Juan Hills all watched quietly as the Friends Against Drinking and Driving (FADD), the Orange County Fire Authority, and the California Highway Patrol demonstrated a mock DUI crash on the school’s campus, complete with actors, an ambulance, firefighters, and actors covered in fake blood.
The purpose of the dramatic reenactment of a deadly DUI accident was to show the students the lethal dangers of texting while driving and driving under the influence.
A huge crowd of students watched silently as student actors, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics put on a big show, acting out a fatal DUI collision.
As student actors screamed, firefighters extinguished a fire, a student was removed from a car after firefighters cut the roof off, and another student actor was draped by a sheet and loaded into an ambulance.
“We want to show students what happens when you text or drink and drive so that hopefully they never do it,” said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi, founder of FADD.
The reenactment on Tuesday was the 94th mock DUI presentation put on by FADD since the early 1990s. After witnessing the consequences of DUI as a paramedic, Concialdi founded FADD in an effort to reduce the number of DUI accidents and deaths.
To see the photo gallery from Tuesday’s mock DUI crash, click here.