Mock Crash at Farmington High

Mock Crash at Farmington High
Posted on 05/08/2018
Mock Crash

  On the morning of May 8th, junior and senior students at Farmington High School participated in a “mock car crash.” During this event, the teens, many of whom have recently earned their driver’s licenses, are presented with a scenario: it’s prom night and two cars each carrying some of their peers are on the road. One of the drivers is impaired and whatever the reason — alcohol, drugs, sleep deprivation, or simple distraction — the outcome is the same. The impaired driver crashes into another car, totaling them both. Some of the kids are seriously injured. Some don’t survive the impact.

    The simulation is incredibly realistic. They use already wrecked cars for the set and makeup to portray injuries. First responders, including representatives from the police, the county sheriff, and the fire department attend the scene. While the students acting in the simulation do have dialogue, the action is also narrated by a policeman who points out key lessons to take away from the event.

    In addition to things they are often told (wear your seat belt, don’t text and drive), students experience how quickly an accident can happen and how long it takes for first responders to reach the scene. They see how far a person can be thrown from a car without their seat belt. They see the way glass and metal can shatter, causing additional injuries. It’s a very emotional experience to see their friends and classmates in this situation.

    After the simulation, the students hear first-hand accounts from those who have lost family members in car crashes caused by impaired drivers. It is a somber event and an important one, especially in advance of prom and graduation. Thank you to all the community members and volunteers who took time out of their day to provide this crucial learning experience for our students.


Mock Crash


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