Snider SADD stages mock teen DWI crash - April 21, 2009

Record Number: 4977
Displayed from: Apr 21, 2009 , until: Apr 21, 2009

Snider High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is hosting a mock crash at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 30, in the high school's parking lot at 4600 Fairlawn Pass. This Pre-Prom activity features a mock traffic crash to demonstrate what can happen when a student makes the choice to combine drinking alcoholic beverages and operating a vehicle. In this case, the result will be a mock fatal wreck and a charge of vehicular homicide and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Parkview Samaritan Helicopter, Fort Wayne City Communications, Fort Wayne Fire and Police departments, as well as the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority will respond to the accident, whose victims are SADD members, showing students the aftermath of a fatal wreck. The event also serves as a training exercise for emergency responders, who treat the mock crash as a real accident scene. The event has a significant effect on many students, said Pat Christie, SADD Advisor and Snider school nurse. They see what it takes for dozens of responders to take care of victims like that, and they see the effect the crash has on those who love the victims. SADD's philosophy is that young people, empowered to help each other, are the most effective force in prevention. Since the founding of SADD more than two decades ago, teenage deaths due to drinking and driving have decreased by 60 percent nationally. Contract for Life and Friends don't let friends drive drunk, are now part of the teenage vernacular. Snider's Prom will be Saturday, May 2.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.