Scene of crash a valuable lesson

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May 31, 2016 12:00 AM

It was a tragic scene with twisted metal, broken windshields and dead students at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) on Wednesday, but luckily it wasn’t real.
Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) partnered up with emergency services across the city to stage a mock collision, spreading a visual message on why distracted and drunk driving are bad ideas.
“I think the for us, the purpose of the event is to work in partnership with the schools and give them an opportunity to see what happens when there’s alcohol or distracted driving involved, and when people aren’t paying attention, this is the consequence of what happened,” said Norm Namur, chief of the Lloydminster Rescue Squad.
“We like to go out and do public demonstrations and just see if we can get that message across, that it’s not okay to drink and drive, that it’s not okay to distracted drive, and that’s the message we want to get across.”
Other crews on the scene were WPD Ambulance, Lloydminster RCMP, the Lloydminster Fire Department, with vehicles supplied by Midway Towing.
SADD then had students in bloodied make up play the roles of collision victims while emergency crews came in to clean up the scene.
LCHS students sat back on the school lawn and watched everything unfold.
Some of the student actors were taken away in handcuffs, while some left in body bags, showing that nobody wins in a preventable accident.
“If we can get that message across to one individual and it makes a difference at one of these parties, that this individual will say, ‘No, it’s not okay to drive. I need to phone my parents or a friend,’ that’s the message we want to get across,” said Namur.
“And the local SADD group there do a real good job to convey that message to their students.”
Namur said he feels the event went great and it was great for the Rescue Squad to work with the other emergency services.
Mock collisions are something they try to do every year and he said the Rescue Squad would be interested in partnering up with SADD again next year.
“I think its important all emergency services go out there and showcase what we can do, how we work together, and try to make it as real as we can for the students to see this is real and not make belief.”

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