Crash Course

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2011 more than 3,300 people were killed in accidents involving a distracted driver and a local college wants to help lower those statistics.
On May 21, North Central shut down part of campus to stage a mock car accident caused by a distracted driver.

The demonstration, put on by Residence Life, included a two-car crash with student actors to illustrate the dangers of texting and driving.

“When North Central students are seeing their classmates in an accident and seeing them act that out, whether they’re laying on the ground with whatever injuries they may have, that it impacts them,” said North Central Resident Assistant Ryan Shreve who organized the event. “They can see exactly what can happen when you’re distracted when driving.”

Naperville police, fire, and ambulances responded to the scene as if the crash had just happened, allowing them to also benefit by improving their response skills.

“This keeps their skill level high,” said Al Trotsky, Traffic Sargent for the Naperville Police Department. “It’s good practice, something practical. As opposed to a real scene, it gives us time to slow down, take our time, do things right and practice.”

Many high schools use a mock crash for drunk driving education, but North Central officials said this was the first in the area to cover distracted driving.

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