Lower Merion High School recently partnered with Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center and State Farm Insurance, along with local emergency services providers and others, to provide a "Mock Crash" event to students to highlight the tragedy of traffic accidents and demonstrate the consequences of drinking and driving, while reinforcing the importance of seat belts and paying attention behind the wheel.
Meetings took place over several months to coordinate these events and to ensure the most effective information sharing and results. The Mock Crash Program was presented to students in conjunction with Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's Cruisin' Smart Program, which takes a peer-to-peer approach to educating students on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. It also includes first-hand accounts from survivors of motor vehicle accidents that happened because someone was driving recklessly, distracted, or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, primarily due to inexperience behind the wheel, poor seat belt use and risk-taking behaviors, such as speeding and distracted driving. Alcohol and/or drugs can also be a factor in teen crashes, especially during prom and graduation seasons.
Special thanks to all the participating organizations for helping out with this year's program: Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab, State Farm Insurance, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, Lower Merion Police Department, Narberth Ambulance, Media Theatre, DJ Sound and Lighting, Montgomery County Coroner, and P & J Auto Body.