Mock crash to deliver message on teen drinking

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

MT. JULIET – A reality-based portrayal of a car crash and the subsequent response by first responders, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. at Mt. Juliet High School. 

A joint-effort with the school’s EMS classes and Mt. Juliet Police Department will bring the dangers of teen drinking to reality, just days before the school’s prom Saturday.

“The purpose of this exercise is to impress upon students the serious consequences of drinking and driving,” said Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler. “The students will receive firsthand experience of exactly what they could be responsible for, including killing someone, possibly one of their friends, as well as being arrested for crimes as serious as vehicular homicide. In addition, the mock crash is also a reminder for parents and guardians to talk to their teens about the consequences of bad driving behavior.”

In 2013, there were 2,693 traffic crashes in Wilson County, which included 808 injury, 158 alcohol-related and 19 fatal crashes.

The crash will take place on Golden Bear Gateway, directly in front of Mt. Juliet High School. Golden Bear Gateway will be closed between Stonehollow Way and Woodridge Place from 9:30-11 a.m. for the exercise. During the simulated response, the public should expect to see emergency vehicles and a medical helicopter in the area of Mt. Juliet High School.

Agencies participating in the event will be the Mt. Juliet Police Department, Fire Department of Mt. Juliet, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and Vanderbilt LifeFlight. Hamblen’s Wrecker Service of Mt. Juliet will provide the crashed vehicles for the exercise.

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