BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- With prom and summer approaching, more than 500 Bloomfield High School seniors witnessed a realistic simulation of a two-car auto accident in which alcohol played a part. The roles of the injured/impaired driver and passengers were played by fellow seniors and members of the Bloomfield Fire Department, Bloomfield Police Department and Bloomfield EMS responded and handled the scene in the most realistic way possible.
Due to the large group of students, the demonstration was performed two separate times in order for all students to be able to see the events unfolding in front of them. The simulated scene was a head on two auto accident with a driver who was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, an injured passenger and a deceased passenger. A field sobriety test was performed on the driver prior to him being taken to a patrol car. EMS performed medical treatment while the fire department used the jaws of life to remove the car doors in order to access the patients.
Prior to the demonstration, the students learned of the dangers associated with drinking and driving and also distracted driving such as using a cell phone while operating a vehicle. Consequences of being charged with DUI were also clearly explained to the students. Many students displayed a shocked look while they realistic scene. Drunk driving continues to be a huge problem as it is responsible for 8 teenage deaths a day in the United States.