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Students take a stand against drunk driving

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First responders from EMS and the Estevan Fire and Rescue Service attend to victim during a mock accident at the ECS on June 5. (Photo credit Mackenzie Hientz)

The Estevan Comprehensive School's (ECS) chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) organized a mock accident June 5 in the parking lot at ECS, to show fellow classmates the impact of impaired driving.

“We hope that students take away the reality of the situation, and that they see that there are serious consequences to drinking and driving, and that you just never know when it could happen,” said ECS SADD advisor Heather Findlay.

Emergency responders on the scene included the Estevan EMS, Estevan Fire and Rescue Services (EFRS) and Estevan Police Service (EPS).

Five Grade 12 students were involved with the accident. EFRS had to use the Jaws of Life to extract the students from the vehicle. They also had to take the roof off the car.

To enhance the realism, the EPS put one of the students in a body bag.

Findlay said the students at the ECS were not notified in advance about the scene. Once the mock accident was concluded they made an announcement that it was staged.

She is hopeful the students who saw the mock accident will start to take the topic of impaired driving more seriously.

“It gets them thinking and talking about how destructive the choices are to drink and drive, and it makes them think ahead,” she said. “Hopefully they are planning for those designated drivers and taxis.

SADD member Whitney Gervais said they spent a lot of time arranging the scene.

“It took a lot of planning, we had to contact the police the fire department and the EMS,” said Gervais.

She also mentioned that they had to supply the cars that were used in the mock accident.

While it was a mock accident, she still realized what it would be like to be in a real emergency situation.

“I was in the car, through the whole Jaws of Life and everything … (and learned) how loud and real it actually is, and how scary it would be if you were actually in that situation,” said Gervais.

Impaired driving is preventable and dangerous, Gervais said, and SADD wants students to realize there's no reason for them drink and drive.

 


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