Mock Crash Offers Insight to Real Dangers of Drunk Driving

Posted April 15, 2016 / Last updated April 18, 2016

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Real-life emergency personnel work to free a young man, played by junior Matt O’Neill, from the staged crash in the Traditions Courtyard Friday morning.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors attended a mock crash depicting the events which occur at a drunk driving accident. After the presentation, state troopers, medical professionals, and counselors were available to answer questions.

The mock crash is a portrayal of a motor vehicle crash to increase the awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence, driving unrestrained, and participating in high-risk behaviors that result in motor vehicle crashes. Counselors and emergency workers stressed the importance of strong communication between parents and their teenage children with hopes to prevent a tragedy.

The event is an opportunity to increase the awareness and compliance of the Louisiana traffic safety laws, reinforce healthy decision making skills, and decrease the number of injuries and fatalities associated with motor vehicle crashes.

Participating in the event were: junior Bailey Termine and his mother Colleen; junior Matt O’Neill and his mother Monique; sophomore Garrin Mesa and his mother Joy; and junior Kyle Bardell. The participants were cast and coached by Philelectic Society director Kate Arthurs-Goldberg.

The crash was hosted by Jesuit’s student assessment and development program, which is coordinated by Mrs. Mary Favalora.

The event was held in coordination with Jesuit’s guidance department, student assessment and development program, and Philelectic Society; University Medical Center Trauma Injury Unit; Louisiana State Police; New Orleans EMS; and New Orleans Coroner’s Office.

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