JEFFERSON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – As schools prepare to let out for the summer, some districts are making a statement to their students about the dangers of distracted driving.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens.
Jefferson Twp Sr/Jr. High students both watched and participated in a simulation to show what fatal crash scenes can look like.
Firefighters used the jaws of life, even loading patients on a stretcher while also performing sobriety checks on students.
“I think a lot of times our students look at it like TV. Someone got shot. There’s not much blood. Everything is OK. No, that’s not reality,” said Dr. Thomas Jennings, Principle at Jefferson High.
With summer break on the horizon, this is the only shot organizations like AAA have to make the sobering stats involving teen death seem like a reality to young kids.
“We are heading into the 100 deadliest days of summer. From Memorial Day to Labor Day we see stark increases in the number of crashes involving teen drivers,” said Cindy Antrican, a AAA public affairs manager.
6 out of 10 teen-related car crashes come down to distracted driving. That includes phones, friends or even the radio.
It’s something kids pick up on from friends and family.
“Set the example yourself. Part of that is because they don’t have the defensive driving skills they need,” said Antrican.
For the students who participated in the mock crash, they have a new sense for the real dangers they may encounter on the road.
“My life is on the line. Their life is on the line. Other people are on the line. There’s a lot of risk,” said one student.
Many of the students said they have a friend or family member that actively uses their phone while driving.