July 26, 2012
Last year in the state of Virginia, 20 teenagers were killed and another 522 were injured as the result of alcohol related motor vehicle accidents. According to an article from WSLS 10 News, an organization called Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety is hoping to reduce those numbers by setting up a mock drunk driving accident scene for teens to investigate.
A Virginia Car Accident scene was set up earlier this week on Lynchburg College’s campus, and it will remain there through Friday. Teens and young adults are able to inspect the crash scene and search for clues as to what may have happened. Without giving away specific details of the crash, the exercise is meant to point out the dangers of not wearing seat belts as well as the potential risks of drinking and distracted driving.
Many participants stated that the program really hits home because they were allowed to get up close and truly see the consequences of a traffic accident. One young woman stated, “It is a bit of a shock when you come down here if you have never seen [a crash] before and it shows you what really happens.”
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful that the program will make participants think twice about unsafe driving behavior every time they get in a car.