Grade 11 St. Kevin’s High School student Amanda Boyles was taken away by ambulance during a mock drunk driving accident in the school’s parking lot this morning.
Boyles decided to participate in the demonstration, believing it would resonate more deeply with her peers if, “they see their own friends get taken away in a cop car and a hearse.”
The purpose of the reenactment was to deter students from drinking and driving. This topic is particularly timely considering the school’s upcoming prom — just two weeks away.
The mock accident was co-ordinated by the school’s Students Against Distracted Driving (SADD) chapter and carried out by local emergency crews.
The head-on collision involved two vehicles and resulted in fake injury and death. The student playing the drunk driver was handcuffed at the scene of the accident and escorted to a nearby Royal Newfoundland Constabulary vehicle.
When asked what message he hopes students take away from the re-enactment, Gerry Antle, captain of the Goulds Volunteer Fire Department, said it’s “To think twice before you decide (to drink and drive). There’s nothing wrong with going out and having, you know, a party and having a few drinks, but just have a designated driver.”
Craig Weir, a Grade 10 student at St. Kevin’s, thought the demonstration was “a real eye-opener” for students.
“It’s important to realize that, that really is the procedure and that can really happen.”
St Kevin’s High School’s Students Against Distracted Driving (SADD) chapter is hosting a “mock disaster” today at their school in the Goulds area of St. John's.
Joined by members of the teams that would normally respond to a real-life emergency, students are recreating an accident scene in an effort to educate both students andresidents about the potential consequences of distracted and impaired driving.
The event got underway this morning in the school parking lot.
The mock exercise will conclude with a debriefing in the school gymnasium.
A victim of a mock drunk driving accident is covered as firefighters work on others at St. Kevin's High School. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram