VANDALIA — Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Teen drivers are three times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a fatal crash. Members of the Butler High School’s student government will be doing what they can to make sure their fellow students make the right choices and don’t end up as statistics this Prom and graduation season.
With the help of the Drive Smart program and Miami Valley Hospital, 20 Butler High School students will put on this year’s mock crash Thursday, April 21 in the south parking lot of the Student Activity Center. The presentation is expected to start, weather permitting, at 1:30 and last for an hour.
In the mock crash scenario, a two-car accident, involving students, has occurred. Four senior students will play the lead roles of the crash participants, one deceased, one removed by ambulance, one removed by CareFlight and one, a drunk driver who caused the crash. On hand for the presentation will also be a parent who lost his or her child in a car crash. According to Miami Valley Hospital, “the parents give emotional and sobering testimony to the realities of drunk driving.”
Because the presentation will occur outside, weather is a factor. School officials will make a decision at 11:00 a.m. if they must cancel the presentation.