May 9 2016

BHS Holding Mock Crash to Show Dangers of Drunk/Distracted Driving

By: BNEWS

An upcoming event to be aware of is a mock-crash intended to teach Burlington High School students about the dangers of drinking and driving. 


BHS Principal Mark Sullivan has this message as a heads up to anyone who may see police and medical activity and fear the worst. 


"BHS in collaboration with the Burlington Police & Fire Departments, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, and Boston MedFlight will hold its bi-annual mock crash on May 10th.

 

Students, parents, and others who happen to be passing through Burlington High School on Tuesday can can expect to come upon the scene of a frightening car crash, and they shouldn’t be the least bit alarmed — even with the presence of a Boston-based MedFlight air medical helicopter.  

he crash scene, which will be located at Burlington High School, will be part of a staged public safety presentation aimed in large part at giving students and others a close-up reminder of what can happen when they engage in risky behaviors while driving, such as texting, alcohol use, too many kids in the car and other distractions. The presentation, which is set to run from 8 to 10 a.m., is a project of the Burlington High School Mock Crash and the Boston MedFlight SafeTeens Program, in cooperation with local police, firefighters and EMS providers. 


All of the crews on hand will team up to create a dramatic re-enactment of a fatal car crash for Burlington teenagers, illustrating the severe consequences of risky behaviors behind the wheel. The staged crash will include a number of students from the high school as actors. Also involved will be Burlington Fire, Police and EMS departments and a Boston MedFlight helicopter. The responders will arrive at the scene as if it were an actual motor vehicle crash. While we do this to lead into our prom and graduation season, this demonstration is aimed at driving home the importance of safe driving at all times. It helps all in attendance understand that a car crash, and other risky behaviors, can have a serious, long lasting impact on our school, families, friends, classmates, and community."


Special parking situation and agenda: 


To accommodate this event please take notice that the school driveway will not support drive-through traffic between 8:40 am and 10:00 am. You will be directed to exit Burlington High School property via Sunset Road during this time.


The agenda for Tuesday is as follows:

8:22 a.m. Juniors and Seniors report to the auditorium.

8:30 a.m. Program begins with a short introduction and first video of the pre-accident.

8:45 a.m. Audience reports outside to the mock crash scene.

9:05 a.m. MedFlight lands.

9:30 a.m. Audience reports back inside for a post-accident video. Safety Officer Bernie Schipelliti & Youth Services Officer Tom Fournier will speak, and there will be a closing question and answer period.

10:00 a.m. Students are dismissed back to classes.


 
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