Designed to enhance teen awareness on the effects of drug and alcohol related automobile accidents, Argonaut Park, which neighbors New Technology High School, was transformed the scene of a deadly collision on May 1.
With a New Tech teen laying flat on top of the hood of a car and his “brains” splattered there, the simulation is intended to increase the students’ awareness of potential outcomes associated with such decision making. While it was just a simulation, student responded with utter shock, as evidenced by some of these photographs. There were real police and firefighters supporting the event as well as the California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety who was there taking a proactive role.
According to The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 12,998 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2007. This represents a 3.7 percent decline in drunk driving fatalities from 2006. On the one hand, it’s positive that fatalities are declining especially – the 15 percent decrease among underage drunk driving fatalities. On the other hand, 12,998 families still received a visit from law enforcement, telling them their loved one wasn’t coming home due to an entirely preventable crime.