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DUI-Distracted Driving – York County Announces School Simulation

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DUI-Distracted Driving – York County Announces School Simulation

Teens are the highest risk group for DUI-distracted driving wrecks. I was pleased to read about a graphic simulation exercise to be held at a York County school next week.

York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office detailed the DUI-Distracted driving campaign called the Grim Reaper which will take place at Tabb High School on Big Bethel Road.

In a press release, spokeswoman Shelley Ward said on March 29, 12 selected students will be taken from their classrooms to take part in the DUI-distracted driving simulation.

A mock 911 audio recording of a crash will be relayed across the school’s PA system. The whole student body will be taken to the parking lot to see a staged vehicle wreck involving four students from the school.

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The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, York County Fire and Life Safety, and Life Evac will respond to the simulated crash.

At the end of the exercise, the 16 students taking part, school administrators, and the 3D Team will go to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News for a mock ER trauma scene. The group will then visit the York County-Poquoson Courthouse to watch the process and procedures of a criminal trial.

A follow-up will be held up on March 31. An assembly will be held at the auditorium of Tabb High School. Guest speakers will present a video of the activities from the events of March 29.

Ward said the Grim Reaper participants and the crash scene ‘victims’ will read out letters to their friends and families recalling their traumatic experience. Ward said:

“The purpose of this program is to vividly present the life changing events associated with driving drunk and distracted. This is the seventh consecutive year the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has presented the program.”

We applaud exercises of this nature. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we help many victims of drunk and distracted driving crashes.

The Impact of DUI-Distracted Driving on Teens

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teens are disproportionately likely to be involved in car wrecks.

In 2014, 2,270 American teens aged 16–19 lost their lives and 221,313 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in auto wrecks. Six teens aged 16–19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries in the United States.

In 2013, young people ages 15-19 represented just seven percent of the U.S. population. But, they accounted for 11 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries, equating to $10 billion.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 10 percent of all drivers aged 15 to 19 who were involved in fatal vehicle crashes were distracted at the time. The age group has the largest proportion of driv­ers who were distracted before wrecks.

Read more about distracted driving here on our website. Although levels of drunk driving have fallen nationally over the last two decades, intoxication causes almost of third of the fatal wrecks in Virginia every year. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we never defend drunk or drugged drivers.

Please call our Virginia car accident injury team at (757) 455-0077 if you have been harmed in a DUI-distracted driving crash.

Griff O'Hanlon

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