Mock crash educates seniors at Mount Hutt


Seniors students at Mount Hutt College watch on as emergency services work at the scene of the...
Seniors students at Mount Hutt College watch on as emergency services work at the scene of the mock crash.
Mount Hutt College has held its first mock crash day in many years to to illustrate the dangers of drink driving and to target students who are beginning to learn to drive.

Students from Years 10-13 gathered on school grounds last week for a close up of the mock crash demonstration.

The effects and consequences of a crash brought home a number of warnings and messages, said Mount Hutt College head girl Caitlin Smith, who has been pushing to reinstate the stark reminder of what can happen to young people on the road.

She said the mock crash had featured a driver on a restricted license and with passengers.

The driver was texting when her vehicle crashed into a pole.

Student actors had taken on roles in the post-crash scenario and the emergency services had responded to help, including caring for victims and cutting open the car, said Caitlin.

She said the realistic event was held to support the campaign Students Against Dangerous Driving, which empowered young people to make safer and better choices on the road.

The following day a school assembly did a follow up on the event and discussed key issues affecting young driver safety, including sober drivers, safe speeds, no distractions and avoiding risks.



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