Simulated Drunk Driving Accident to be Staged at RHS on May 15
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On Monday at 9:30, May 15, RHS principal John Harrison along with Rockland Police and Fire Department have scheduled a mock drunk driving crash to take place in front of the high school on MacKinlay Way.
This presentation will be for juniors and seniors only, in preparation for the upcoming events such as graduation and prom. This idea was given to Mr. Harrison in the winter by the senior class who wanted a student-driven educational program on driving under the influence of alcohol. This idea is sparked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reported that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers. Also about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage driver under the influence of alcohol.
The collision will be staged and will take approximately one hour although access to the school will be limited due to set up and clean up for the event. WRPS will be recording the event.
Prior to the mock crash RHS juniors and seniors will report to the auditorium to watch a video in preparation for the following event. Current seniors were in charge of writing, editing, and filming the video as well as other students featured in the video and simulation.
Following the mock crash students will return to the auditorium to debrief with several local law enforcement and school officials. Counseling will be provided throughout the day, and anyone choosing to opt out of the experience may do so at any point.