Juniors and seniors at North County High School played witness to a mock accident Friday afternoon to demonstrate a real life scenario of what can happen when drinking and driving.
The school does this every two years prior to prom to help students better understand the risk that they could take if they were to drink and drive. Prom was held Saturday night.
“We don’t want anyone to be irresponsible. We’re promoting positive choices, correct choices. We know they’re going to do things that are not appropriate and they’re going to get in trouble. Just be responsible don’t put someone else at risk,” said North County High School Positive Attitude Leader (PAL) Amy Hannah.
Students gathered in the back parking lot behind the high school where two vehicles were set up to demonstrate an accident.
The two vehicles were posed in a head-on collision where one student was positioned as if she was ejected from the car out of the front windshield.
Three other students were placed in both cars as if they were trapped and seriously injured.
Firefighters from Bonne Terre, Big River and Desloge began to check each victims’ vitals to asses the severity of their status.
Bonne Terre Police Department followed, securing the scene of the accident and helping the firefighters.
St. Francois County Ambulance District and the county coroner showed up to the accident. The coroner assessed the deceased and placed them in body bags.
Victims who survived the accident were put on a stretcher and then in the back of an ambulance with the exception of one student being air lifted.
Missouri State Highway Patrol was the last on scene. Troopers walked through the scene getting measurements and trying to piece together how the accident occurred.
The Highway Patrol determined that one of the drivers was intoxicated and immediately placed the student under arrest followed by being placed in a squad car to show the reality of what happens when being arrested for drinking and driving.
Capping the mock accident there were three speeches delivered by emergency responders.
T.J. Isgrig of the ambulance district led the speeches followed by Big River Fire Chief David Pratte and then Corporal Warren Robinson with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Korey Johnson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3616 or Kjohnson@dailyjournalonline.com