Mock collision simulates the grave results of drinking and driving

BCHS and NDHS Grade 10 students watch a mock collision scene with EMS, Fire, and RCMP responding as if it were a real deadly crash.

“It really looked real and made you think that it was something that might happen to some of us. It’s not just another presentation. It was more engaging,” said Damica Tremblay, Grade 10 student at Notre Dame High School.

Grade 10 students from NDHS and BCHS participated in the annual mock collision Tuesday at the Centennial Centre as part of their CALM (Career and Life Management) course.

The mock accident simulates what can happen when someone decides to drink and drive and the grave consequences it can have on the passengers, the families, RCMP, Victim Services, the first responders, and their families.

The full-day presentation walks through each step after a tragic accident. The crash, the scene at the emergency room, experiences from BRFA, EMS, and RCMP members, to what happens at the funeral home after a death.

“It really looked real and made you think that it was something that might happen to some of us. It’s not just another presentation. It was more engaging,” said Tremblay.

Her classmate Calli Kirby said, “It was kind of intense how real it was especially with cosmo doing makeup and everything.”

Mock Collision put on by the Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority at the Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre for Grade 10 Students Thanks to Bluewave Energy Bonnyville and Choquet Insurance Group Ltd. for keeping us connected to the community.

Posted by Lakeland Connect on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tammy Brundige spoke about her experience with a family member passing away in a similar incident, and Kevin Brooks talked about being behind the wheel drunk, which left him paralyzed and his childhood friends gone.

“I feel like his message really speaks to high-schoolers and they would actually listen because he’s like us,” said Tremblay.

“Things that most teenagers would typically think is fun and OK and it completely changed his life and the lives of everyone in the vehicle. Just how real it is that it’s any of us that that happens to.”

The mock collision is done across the province to spread awareness about the consequences of drinking and driving.