Mock accident and SAFE day held in Natoma

Salina Journal – May 15, 2017

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In Natoma on March 17, the Natoma SAFE (Seat belts Are For Everyone) and FADD (Families Against Destructive Decisions), in conjunction with local and state agencies and businesses, hosted a “mock accident” and SAFE Day.

The scenario was a distracted driver trying to use his phone to take a video while driving. None of the occupants was wearing a seat belt, and one student was standing in the back of the pickup truck. They “hit” the electrical pole northeast of the Ag Building at the corner of Sixth and Baum streets.

The day began with a presentation by the Kansas DUI Impact Center for seventh-12th grade students. Around 9 a.m., a pre-recorded 911 call from one of the students in the accident was heard over a school speaker system, followed by the arrival of emergency vehicles with lights on and sirens blaring.

The scene’s casualties included one student deceased, one student ejected through the windshield and unresponsive, and two students with minor to severe injuries, who were conscious and talking with rescuers.

The mother of the deceased student arrived. Trooper Tod Heilman tried to console her after telling her her son had been ejected from the back of the truck and had died.

To get the other two students out, the rescue crew took the top off the pickup cab and pried the door open using the Jaws of Life.

The deceased student was loaded into a hearse and taken to the south entrance of the school building. Students walked past the open body bag as they returned to the building.

Heilman gave a presentation on seat belts, distracted driving and the effect of poor decision-making when behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Students had a chance to ride in the Convincer, a KHP demonstration trailer. Riders are strapped into an inclined seat that rolls down at 5 mph and jolts to a stop.

Two SAFE members, Dylan Pruter and Erika George, wearing Crash Dummy costumes, “Vince” and “Larry,” provided by the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, visited Natoma elementary classrooms to encourage seat belt usage.

SAFE sponsor Jeremy Long said, “Even though everyone knew that the scene was only a mock accident, the realization of the effect an actual event like this would have on our community was really evident. Everyone knows that texting and driving is a problem. This mock, hopefully, helped students realize the real responsibility you take on when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

Natoma SAFE was started in September 2016 by the Natoma FFA to promote seatbelt use and traffic safety. FADD was started in 1988 primarily to host a safe after-prom event. It has grown to include events for all ages at the school, such as Red Ribbon Week events and a bike safety program.

Volunteers for the mock included Tyler Lund, Jennifer Lund, Austin Murphy, Grady Dickerson and Taitem Zeigler; Natoma SADD; Don Snyder, Osborne County Emergency Manager; Keith Haberer, Russell County Emergency Manager; Natoma Fire Department; Waldo Fire Department; Lucas Fire and Rescue Department; Natoma EMS; Osborne EMS; Pohlman-Varner- Peeler Mortuary; Eagle Med; Osborne County Sheriff’s Department; Russell County Sheriff’s Department; USD 399; Shop on the Corner; A & D Towing; George Fencing; and Auction One.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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