Greenbrier High School Promotes Safety Through Mock Crash

Greenbrier High School Promotes Safety Through Mock Crash
Posted on 04/01/2016

 

 

The Greenbrier High School HOSA-Future Health Professionals, sponsored a Mock Crash event at school on Friday, April 1, to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving.

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Their BITZ – Be In The Zone-Turn Off Your Phone campaign, is a research driven program to eduate teens about the dangers of distracted driving, especially cell-phone use and texting while driving. The program’s emphasis is getting teens to turn off their phones while driving. Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, The AllState Foundation, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt are valued sponsors of the BITZ campaign.

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In the staged event on the school’s practice field, two vehicles were involved in the crash. The 17 year-old driver of the SUV, Milynn, is a GHS senior and according to her statement to Officer K.D. Smith, she only looked down at her phone for a second when her mom called, causing a collision with another vehicle. The resulting crash left one person dead on the scene, one critically injured and airlifted by LifeFlight, and four other students were walking injured.

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If this crash had been real, Milynn would be facing four counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one of criminally negligent homicide with a vehicle, and criminal negligence while operating a vehicle. It is against state law for anyone under the age of 18 to operate a phone while driving, whether text or call. 4

 

The goal of the morning event was to create an emotional and informational impact in student’s lives to the point they will practice safe driving in the future. One life saved is worth the effort.

 

Special thanks go out to Greenbrier Fire, Greenbrier Police, Robertson County EMS, Vanderbilt Hospital LifeFlight and Drake's Auto Shop for their assistance. Thank you as well to our GHS actors, Kate Pierson, Julianna Arterburn, Rebecca Warren, Baxter Dillard and Ryan Wright.

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Jan Wallace Health Science Educator and HOSA advisor organized the event.

 

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