EMT Club’s mock drunk-driving crash to send sober message
The EMT Club is kicking off Spring Week with a stark reminder about the dangers of drunk driving. In partnership with the Newport police and fire departments, the Office of Safety and Security and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a mock drunk driving crash will be staged at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 on the front lawn of the O’Hare Academic Center.
With the support of Rhode Island Towing, participants will simulate the emergency response to an alcohol related single vehicle crash with victims, using a vehicle that has previously been involved in a crash. The Newport Fire Department will respond with an engine, ladder truck, rescue and command vehicle.
Fire personnel will extricate actors, who will play victims inside the vehicle, and treat their simulated injuries. Additionally, Newport police will simulate the law enforcement interventions associated with an intoxicated driver, complete with arrest. Safety and Security will assist with the organization and control of observers and personnel, while MADD will provide educational resources for observers about the dangers of drunk driving and the effects of alcohol.
“Our objective for this event is to educate students and staff on the dangers of driving under the influence and distracted driving,” said Michael Caruolo, director of safety and security. “The prevalence of distracted driving has become a national epidemic that causes countless crashes every year. Proper education on the dangers of intoxicated and distracted driving is key to making the roads safer.”