April 16, 2013
Crash Reenactment Program to be Held at Triopia Jr. Sr. High School
Students at Triopia Jr. Sr. High School will witness a mock crash reenactment presented in part by ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. The reenactment will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday April 22, at Triopia Jr. Sr. High School, 2204 Concord-Arenzville Road, Concord.
A special focus on alcohol zero tolerance, texting and driving, and safety during prom and graduation activities are key components of this event. SIU’s ThinkFirst program assisted in the planning of the mock crash reenactment to students.
Local Triopia students will be featured as crash victims in vehicles at a crash scene. The outdoor event depicts what can happen when young drivers drink and drive or ride with distracted or impaired drivers. Emergency personnel normally summoned after a car crash will simulate their tasks. Those assisting with the event will be Arenzville Fire and Rescue, Chapin Fire and Rescue Squad, Meredosia/Bluffs Rescue Squad, Tim Mann DJ Service, Morgan County Sheriff and Coroner’s Office, Daws Family Funeral Home of Jacksonville, Bill’s Service of Concord, Secretary of State’s Office and Air Evac. SIU ThinkFirst staff will coordinate moulage make up. Danny Hicks, ThinkFirst staff, will present his life story.
“The purpose of the crash reenactment program is to show the real-life consequences of impaired or distracted driving,” said Nancy Kyrouac, director of SIU’s ThinkFirst. “Though overall motor vehicle fatalities have declined over the past decade, motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for young people, ages 15-24.” The SIU ThinkFirst program is a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. ThinkFirst presents educational programs as a public service at no cost to the school. “The tragedy is many of these types of injuries are preventable,” Kyrouac said. “Simply using a seatbelt and airbag can reduce the odds of injury in a motor vehicle crash by 80 percent.”
ThinkFirst is funded by SIU School of Medicine and a federal grant provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation, and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. Those interested in the program can contact Kyrouac at SIU School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19679, Springfield, IL 62794-9679, 217-545-9112.
Note to media: The local contact is Principal Cheri Madson, Triopia Jr. Sr. High School, 217-457-2281. The rain date is Thursday April 25.