BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield High School students Dan Carter, Myles Toppin & Sarah Bsales portrayed drivers and passengers in a special demonstration showing the consequences of drinking and driving.
In New Jersey, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for residents between the ages of 16 and 20. According to the state, inexperience, speeding, and distracted driving (including impaired driving) are the leading causes for the crashes. The US Centers for Disease Control reports that between 2003 and 2012, there were 1816 people killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
The students in the demonstration were actors, the members of the fire department, police department, and emergency medical technicians were real. The demonstrations include the use of the actual equipment and tactics used in a multi-vehicle accident. Students were also able to observe how Bloomfield's First Responders work together to rescue accident victims. It included the 'jaws of life' and victim extractions.
This is the third year in which these demonstrations have taken just before graduation. Principal Chris Jennings explained that a member of the Bloomfield Fire Department approached him in 2015 about the idea. The firefighter, a Bengal himself, recalled having presentations like this in the 1990's when he was a student.
Jennings described the demonstration as a "visual reminder of drunk driving, and also distracted driving, talking on the phone. We know intellectually not to do these things - these visual things stay in our minds."
In order to reach the students effectively, the senior class was broken into two groups, with each group having their own 30 minute demonstration.
Bloomfield Police Director Samuel DeMaio told TAPinto Bloomfield "I feel that it is very important for us to educate our children on the dangers of drunk driving and equally as important for us to work hand in hand with our partners in the Fire Department, so that we can have smooth and efficient joint operations in real time."
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