Jeff Tech Mock Crash Addresses Dangers of DUI

Mock Crash-Reynoldsville Police Chief Troy Bell:student Xavier McDanielREYNOLDSVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Every spring, high schools put on mock crashes prior to prom to help their students understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs as well as distracted driving.

(In the photo above, Reynoldsville Police Chief Troy Bell and student Xavier McDaniel participate in the mock crash drill Monday)

On Monday morning, the Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School in Reynoldsville held its biannual mock crash.

Reynoldsville Borough Police Chief Troy Bell and Sgt. Dan Cramer; several members of the Reynoldsville Volunteer Fire Department; Reynoldsville Ambulance Service; LifeFlight air emergency service of Clarion Hospital; and the county coroner’s office participated.

Jeff Tech Mock Crash Victims

“Some kids are going to do whatever they want, but we are trying to get them to think about the consequences of their actions,” Sgt. Cramer said. “They could end up badly injured or worse, face several thousands of dollars in fines and costs, and lose their driving privileges.”

Chief Bell performed a field sobriety test on student Xavier McDaniel, of Troutville, and then handcuffed and placed him in a squad car for a brief feeling of what it would feel like to be arrested for DUI.

“Just being handcuffed was very uncomfortable,” McDaniel said.

Jeff Tech Mock Crash-Jazzmine Hadden

Punxsutawney’s Jazzmine Hadden, pictured above, was also involved, playing a realistic victim of a car crash.

The LifeFlight helicopter made its arrival after waiting out some inclement weather and picked up student Dylan Manns, a “victim” in the mock crash.

It was LifeFlight’s maiden voyage from Clarion Hospital. In March, Allegheny Health Network began staffing Clarion Hospital with emergency room physicians, and on Monday, AHN began providing the air service with LifeFlight, the emergency helicopter service for critically ill and injured patients.


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