SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments and emergency personnel will conduct a simulation drill involving a car accident that will be staged on Happel Court on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

Presented along with the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, the Municipal Alliance Committee, and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Chemical Dependence Committee, the event will take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

"The rationale for this activity is to simulate the potential loss of life and injury due to distracted driving and driving under the influence," said Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo.

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According to the State of New Jersey, every 10 minutes, a teen is involved in a motor vehicle accident.  On average, there are over 47,000 crashes involving teen drivers each year in the State of New Jersey. Earlier in the school year, the two police departments conducted a drunk driving simulation program to illustrate the dangers of getting behind the while intoxicated.

Once the simulation begins, Happel Court will not be accessible for traffic. Also, there will be numerous first responders (police and fire departments) present at the front of the school (Happel Court side) for the duration of the day.

"This simulation is designed to be a valuable learning opportunity for the students," said Chief Trigo added. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.