By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information and Education Officer.
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among young people ages 16 to 25.
That is why, intentionally coinciding with prom, seniors at North Creek High School (NCHS) learned firsthand about the consequences of driving under the influence during a mock DUI crash assembly on June 6, 2019.
The mock DUI assembly re-created a realistic scene of an alcohol-related collision and displayed how emergency personnel would respond.
"This is our first graduating class from North Creek High School. While this is a celebratory time, this experience might have saved a life. In fact, one young man told me that he would really be rethinking his choices after having seen what could happen," said Principal Eric McDowell, Ed.D. after the mock DUI assembly.
Working collaboratively with NCHS Administration and drama students, Fire District 7 and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office completed the dramatization of the collision and extrication of the patients.
After the reenactment, staff and students listened to Sergeant John Rogers who conducts collisions investigations for the Bothell Police Department. He further explained the ramifications of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
On the day of the mock DUI assembly, Fire District 7 Fire Chief Gary Meek said, “As emergency responders, one of our goals is to prevent incidents like this through education.”
He went on to say, “The message sent today was one that we hope students take to heart. Each individual has the responsibility to apply the message heard and we hope they choose to make the right decisions.”
Mock DUI crash scene. Photo courtesy of Fire District 7.
Mock DUI driver taken into custody. Photo courtesy of Fire District 7.