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A sober moment: Mock crash impresses safety for Mount Si High School students

Snoqualmie firefighters tend to a boy portraying an injury victim in the intense educational event, held May 27 outside the school. Below, Mount Si students gathered along the stadium fence watch as a classmate, bloodied in the biannual mock crash, awaits help.   - Courtesy photo/City of Snoqualmie
Snoqualmie firefighters tend to a boy portraying an injury victim in the intense educational event, held May 27 outside the school. Below, Mount Si students gathered along the stadium fence watch as a classmate, bloodied in the biannual mock crash, awaits help.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/City of Snoqualmie

With the school year coming to an end, a DUI fatality collision simulation was presented at Mount Si High School to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers, representing more than one-third of all mortalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teen drivers are three times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash.

Following the demonstration, students watched a video presentation in an assembly, highlighting the aftermath of the tragedy, including a simulation of the emergency room scene and a remembrance of the young lives.

“The DUI mock crash is a sobering reminder to our high school students of the life altering dangers of underage drinking and driving. This is a particularly important message around high school graduation,” said Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley. “Parents need to remember that it is against the law to host an underage drinking party.  Not only is it illegal, it sends a completely wrong message to our students and also places the parents in a very adverse civil liability situation.”

The mock crash was presented for Mount Si High School students through a partnership of the Snoqualmie Valley School District and the Snoqualmie Police and Fire Departments.

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