April 8, 2013
Crash Reenactment Program to be held at A-C Central High School in Ashland
Students at A-C Central High School in Ashland 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 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at A-C Central High School Baseball field in Ashland. A special focus on alcohol zero tolerance, texting and driving, and safety during prom and graduation activities are key components of this event. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield ThinkFirst program assisted in the planning of the mock crash reenactment to students.
Local A-C Central 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 Ashland Police and Fire Departments, Virginia Fire Department, MECCA Ambulance, Cass County Sheriff’s Office and County Coroner Wyatt Sager, and Sheppard’s Auto. SIU School of Medicine ThinkFirst staff will coordinate moulage make-up.
“The purpose of the crash reenactment program is to show the real-life consequences of impaired or distracted driving,” says Nancy Kyrouac, director of ThinkFirst at SIU School of Medicine. “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 School of Medicine 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 by 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 are invited to contact Kyrouac at SIU School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19679, Springfield, IL. 62794-9679, 217-545-9112.
Note to media: School contact is Principal Bob Sanders 476-3312; no rain date is scheduled.