Local high school students get a crash course in safety

The Junior League of Lafayette staged a mock crash at STM

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 1:32pm

The Junior League of Lafayette has staged mock crashes at Acadiana area high schools since 2004. Today the troop made a stop at St. Thomas More High School to show students how serious drinking and driving can be.

Students re-enacted the scene from a violent crash where an 18-year-old was under the influence of alcohol and behind the wheel. Lafayette police were on scene as well as Acadian ambulance and an emergency helicopter.

The fire department used the ‘Jaws of Life’ to pry the roof off of a car and lift injured passengers out. Skit participants wore body paint and were splattered with fake blood to show the effects of major crashes. The emergency crews responded to this “drill” as if it was a real accident needing real medical care. The students were amazed.

One student was air-lifted to the hospital during the mock crash to demonstrate how important it is for emergency crews to work quickly.

After the demonstration, police told the students that in the mock crash, two students died, one was in critical condition and the driver that caused the accident was under arrest for driving while intoxicated and under-aged drinking.

Students in the crowed sat quietly and watched as their friends were wheel off on stretchers and placed into ambulances, coroner’s vehicles and squad cars. The event left a lasting impression on the students Thursday morning.