Virginia Tech’s Rescue Squad held a mock simulation of a car crash to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.
“There’s kind of this feeling of invincibility,” said Chris Eyestone, Chief of the rescue squad. “And so often we see this age group take a little bit riskier behavior. And so, we want to make sure and encourage students by seeing all of this, it really hits home, and this behavior is really dangerous and we want to discourage that.”
The Virginia Tech Rescue squad partnered with the Blacksburg Fire Department, the Virginia Tech Police Department, and Carilion Hospital to conduct the simulation. According the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2014 – 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 people were injured in crashes centered around distracted driving.
“People just need to realize that you need to be responsible no matter what you’re doing,” said Abigail Mameghani, a member of the rescue squad. “Just like in this scenario, this could cost someone their life and that’ll be on your shoulders for the rest of your life.”
During the simulation, the rescue squad cut the victims out of the car, put them on stretchers, and hauled them off to Carilion. The drunk driver was arrested and taken away in cuffs. “So it gives a really holistic view, I think, to students,” said Eyestone. “Everything from the crash, to the response, to patient care… all the way to the transport to the hospital.”
The Virginia Tech rescue squad is recruiting new members for the next two weeks.