On May 19, members of Inverness District RCMP, Port Hawkesbury Volunteer Fire Department, EHS, and the Inverness South MADD Chapter participated in a mock collision exercise. The exercise was done for the grade 11 and 12 students at Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre.
“We wanted to provide local youth with a learning experience of what first responders do on scene during a crash,” said Cst. Brad Layman, one of the organizers of the event. “It also provides the students an opportunity to see the devastating and often tragic results of impaired driving and how it effects people.”
The first responders treated the situation as if it was real. The mock collision resulted in one fatality, one person who sustained serious injuries, and one person who was arrested for impaired driving. After the exercise, a speaker who has experienced impaired driving first hand spoke to the students and shared her experience. “We know young people are constantly faced with choices when they are socializing,” adds Cst. Layman. “They are at the age where they are getting their driver’s licences and we want them to know there is always a better choice than driving while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.”
Source: Media Release