By: Lindsey Clark
Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.
In this video you will learn just how quickly your life can change in the blink of an eye. Five Wethersfield High School students participated in a mock car accident. This demonstration was put on to show all High school students how quickly things can happen when you least expect it.
My name is Lindsey Clark and I was a victim in this mock accident. This may have just been a mock car accident, but I can tell you right now I was scared. Just knowing that this really happens, and being in this situation whether it was real or not, I was terrified.
At the very beginning, the Police arrived and opened the door. After making sure I was responsive he looked at me and said, “Why aren't you wearing your seat belt. I guarantee that if you had been wearing your seat belt you would be in a lot less pain right now.”
Tears rolled down my face, as I was sitting in the car having the paramedics talking to me and putting the neck collar on me. It all felt so real and I was so overwhelmed with emotion. and That's when it hit me. These accidents happen on a daily. There is a teenager somewhere in this world just like me, today, who will make one simple mistake and change not only their life but the lives of everyone around them.
I am a cadet Firefighter and I go on calls for car accidents very often. It's always a scary and heart breaking feeling seeing victims inside the car. Whether they are in pain or not, it's always hard to see a community member who I just saw walking around smiling yesterday, now crying in pain, trapped in a car.
This mock car accident, had an ever lasting impact on all high school students that day. Seeing their classmates covered in blood in cars with windshields shattered, then being rolled away on stretchers, and loaded up into the back of an ambulance, It was an eye opening experience for all.
This experience encourages others to make the right choices regarding drunk driving.
There's no excuses. Nobody gets in a car and expects this to happen.
Say no to drunk driving.
Click it or ticket.
Say no to texting and driving.
Written, edited, and produced by Wethersfield High School students, covering all news and events.