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Mock crash event taking place Monday at Sallisaw High School

(Sample photo from a similar event)

Sunday, March 5, 2023 - The Sallisaw NOW Coalition (SNC) has partnered with Sallisaw High School to host "Shattered Dreams," a mock crash event that will be held on Monday, March 6, at 9 a.m.

The mock crash is set to take place at Sallisaw High School with the goal of developing safe teen driving habits as spring break and prom approach.

Community partners, including the Sallisaw Fire Department, local and county law enforcement, and first responders, along with several others, will be on site of the crash to demonstrate this life-like experience, which depicts the outcome of distracted teen driving.

The mock crash will use real crashed vehicles that will be set up on school grounds. Student participants from the Sallisaw High School leadership class will act out the roles of crash victims, while select teachers will play the part of the victims' parents.

Starting at 9 a.m., fire trucks, law enforcement, ambulances, and media outlets will all be dispatched out of the staging area, located at the People, Inc. conference center. An air evac will also be landing on the scene to life-flight one of the crash victims.

The student body will be attending the demonstration to become aware of the consequences that come along with distracted driving. Students will also gain knowledge on how emergency responders conduct rescue efforts in real-time.

In Oklahoma, the fastest speed clocked for a teen driver was 143 mph. One-third of teen fatalities are due to motor vehicle-related inexperience, risk-taking behaviors, distractions, substances, and poor seat belt compliance.

*It is important to note that this is only a mock crash, and there is no threat to the school, staff, or students.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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