Sixteen year olds have the highest crash rate of any age group and the No. 1 cause of death among teenagers is car crashes, say statistics from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Those data led Tombstone High School officials to go on the offensive to keep their students, especially in the Class of 2013, safe with a simulated car crash on school grounds to push the urgency of safe driving.
“We’ve had a number of students that in one form or another been involved in these types of tragedies,” says Robert Devere, principal of Tombstone High School. “It’s a small community here, and when this happens it doesn’t just affect the child’s family, it affects the community.”
First responders and trauma center personnel, who deal firsthand with the gruesome consequences of these crashes, helped Tombstone High students stage a mock car crash at the school to impress upon teenagers the need for safe and sober driving habits.
Students of the school's certified nursing assistant class put together the demonstration on the dangers of distracted and drunken driving.
Members of the Tombstone, Whetstone and Huachuca City fire departments and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, Healthcare Innovations and LifeNet Air ambulance and the University of Arizona Medical Center Trauma department participated.
“This mock car crash is something to just try to grab the kids' attention,” Devere said. “This time of year with prom and graduation can be the deadliest time of year for high school students with car accidents. We just want them to think about it before hand.”