Distracted Driving Demonstration Grabs Students' Attention
Bellevue Fire Department teaches students dangers of texting and driving
Bellevue, NE - A fire truck and paramedics rush to Bellevue West High School hoping to save the lives of young drivers.
"We're gonna have a couple of live victims potentially ejected from the vehicle and then one simulated mannequin victim we're gonna use the jaws of life to cut out," said Chad DiMauro with Bellevue Fire Department.
Fortunately, today's accident scene is just pretend but the message is all too real. First responders showed Bellevue students the dangers of using your phone while driving. Fire fighters used the jaws of life to rescue the driver, his passenger was also injured. The simulation hits close to home for sophomore Taylor Miller. "I had a cousin who died in a car accident and he was texting while driving so it's kinda scary," Taylor Miller said.
The demonstration couldn't be more timely. A recent survey by State Farm Insurance shows 48% of drivers 18-29 surveyed admit to getting on the internet while driving...that's up from 29% three years ago.
"It's just so easy to get on your phone and flip to the news or facebook or play a game and most people don't realize their attention when it's not on the road it's dangerous." DiMauro said.
These students say they won't take the chance. "I don't text and drive. I actually put my phone in the back seat so I don't feel tempted to touch it," Loriana Harkey said.
"If I was to send a text to someone and they died in a car accident I would have to live with that for the rest of my life and I don't think I'd be able to handle that," Mirach Ozel said.
A Bellevue West student asked the fire department to give the presentation as part of a class project.