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Mock accident teaches teens about drinking and driving
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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On June 2, CCHS students, Alberta Health Service, the RCMP, Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue and Fantin’s Funeral Chapel worked together to stage a mock crash.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
On June 2, Alberta Health Service, the RCMP, Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue and Fantin’s Funeral Chapel worked together to educate local youth on safe driving.

The organizations collaborated on Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma (PARTY) Program for this year’s Grade 11 class.

The purpose of the program is to inform students about the dangers of drinking and driving and other risk related behaviours by staging a mock collision in the Crowsnest Consolidated High School parking lot.

The premise of the staged crash read like a Rebel Without a Cause screenplay for the smartphone generation.

It starts with three teens on their way to an end-of-year party. Two of them, Brittany and Shelby spoke excitedly about visiting Disney World. The driver, Nate, would be working that summer to save enough to take Brittany out on dates.

They get to the party and alcohol is passed around. Nate succumbs to peer pressure and has a few drinks.
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“Since everyone else was doing it, he did it too thinking he would only have a couple drinks,” says the script.

On the way home Brittany takes off her seatbelt because it was pushing on her stomach, which had been upset by too much drinking.

Nate is driving a little faster than he should be. Plus, someone keeps sending him text messages. At first he ignores his phone then once again succumbs. He checks on what he thinks is a straight stretch of road and puts the car in the ditch.

He’s injured and trapped, his girlfriend Brittany is thrown from the car and killed. A chorus of angry nearby friends admonishes him for his poor life decisions as emergency services show up, free him with the Jaws of Life and charge him with impaired operation causing death.

Emergency personnel arriving in fire trucks, ambulances and police cars and even a hearse, to pick up poor Brittany, lent an air of realism to the mock disaster.
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“It’s a great thing to show the students,” said RCMP spokesperson Jarrett Kevin. “They probably don’t see this on a daily basis but we see this a lot, we’re always dealing with collisions.”

“It important for the kids to realize that all kinds of stupid mistakes have real impacts,” said CCHS spokesperson Lori Prentice.

Following the mock disaster, students were treated to a series of briefings from law enforcement, crash survivors and AHS addictions and mental health professionals.

Not exactly a “Chicken Run” off Millertown Bluff, but tragic nonetheless.
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