Did you know that the number one cause of death for teens is motor vehicle crashes? Mercy Health aims to educate and create awareness about the dangers of distracted and drunken driving through simulated car accidents at local high schools.
In strong partnership with several local agencies, including Plainfield Fire Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Life EMS and the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, Mercy Health participated in a simulation on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Northview High School — one in a series of three throughout community high schools this spring.
The event featured a live, simulated car accident sequence involving several students as well as representatives from the partner agencies. The demonstration focused on the following sequence of events:
An extrication of students from a crashed vehicle
A simulated emergency room visit
- A funeral/memorial service for one of the student participants
- A court sentencing for the student who “caused” the accident
“We had several students, parents and staff tearing up,” said Amy Calvert, EMS and Injury Prevention Coordinator, who helps coordinate the hospital’s efforts around the simulations. “Mercy Health participates because we want to help our teens understand that motor vehicles are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Our goal of this program is that the students will change their driving behaviors from having participated in this.”
Plainfield Fire Department has been conducting these car accident simulations at high schools since 2012. “High school age children may know about fire safety, but they fail to realize that motor vehicle accidents are the number-one killer of teens,” said Kyle Svoboda, Plainfield Fire Department.
Mercy Health is also participating simulations at Byron Center High School and Forest Hills Central High School.