North Reading residents who drive near North Reading High School on Tuesday morning should be aware that they may seem some gruesome images.
Boston MedFlight Safe Teens Program with North Reading Police and Fire and EMS providers along with high school students and faculty will be performing a mock crash event between 8 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
The safety education program is done during prom season to teach young drivers about the dangers of risky behavior behind the wheel, such as drunk driving. Boston MedFlight has designed a program to help communities offer these programs.
This year’s program will include a post-presentation in the auditorium that will be led by Boston MedFlight medical crew.
“Driving (without a parent) is often the first time that a teen is fully responsible for their own safety,” said Mary Arredondo, Education Coordinator for Boston MedFlight. “The goal of the SafeTeens Program is to help teens to recognize unsafe driving habits, and to empower them to make responsible decisions with regard to their safety, not only as the driver, but as the passenger as well.”
Officials warn that the images could be alarming and you may see a Medflight helicopter at the “crash scene.” The re-enactment of a fatal crash will show students the “severe consequences of risky behaviors behind the wheel,” according to Boston MedFlight.
“This event allows our school community, along with community first responders to understand that a car crash can have a serious, long-lasting impact on our school, families, friends, classmates, and community,” said Claudia Brown, Health Educator at North Reading High School.