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Monday May 18th, 2015

Posted at 9:00pm

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Essex OPP along with Essex Fire and Rescue Services, EMS, Lesperance Body Removal and ABC Auto Wreckers will be demonstrating a mock impaired driving collision this week at two county high schools.

Mock crashes have been presented to high school students for over ten years and are staged to grade 12 graduating students as they approach their prom.

The display will involve the above services responding to a mock crash as if it were actually occurring at the time. The demonstration will include injured “victims”, simulated rescue, extraction and first aid, as well as an arrest for impaired driving. The aim of the event is to illustrate to students, planning on going to prom and after parties, the possible aftermath of drinking and driving, in a realistic and graphic way.

Impaired driving crashes and incidents involving alcohol are among the highest causes of deaths for teens and young adults. Officials hope that through these kinds of demonstrations that the message about not drinking and driving will be driven home to students.

The first will take place at Essex High School on Tuesday at 8:30am. The second will be at Harrow High School on Wednesday at 8:30am.  The public is invited to attend.

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