April 8, 2013
Crash Reenactment Program to be held at Beardstown
Students at Beardstown 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 re-enactment will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 12, at Beardstown High School. 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 Beardstown High School 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 Beardstown High School OTSD (Operation Teen Safe Driving) students, Beardstown Fire and Police Departments, Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner Wyatt Sager, Beardstown Ambulance Service, Sager Funeral Home, Brian Becker DJ Service, Beleville’s Garage, Secretary of State's Office, and Cass County Star-Gazette. 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 Scott Riddle, principal, 217-323-3665 ex. 2130; no rain date is scheduled.