Mock accident teaches sobering lesson about impaired, distracted driving

By on May 9, 2018

Manheim Central High School staged a mock vehicle accident scene to educate students in grades 11 and 12 on the dangers associated with distracted driving and driving under the influence.

The timing of the event was purposefully scheduled as schools and students enter prom season. Manheim Central’s prom was held May 5.

The event included the mock accident, arrival of emergency services, and police investigation, all followed by a brief presentation on the dangers associated with distracted and impaired driving.

Student actors involved included: Gretchen Enterline, Grade 12; DUI suspected driver; Tristan Klopp, Grade 12; passenger in truck; Nicole Greiner, Grade 12; injured person in car; and Jarod Hauser, Grade 12; deceased person.

Guest speakers included: Dr. James Leaming, Northwest EMS medical director; Jamie Ressler, parent advocate; Chief Joseph C. Stauffer, Manheim Borough Police Chief; and Manheim Borough Fire Chief Dan Wagner.

Contributors to this event included Northwest EMS, Manheim Borough Police Department, Manheim Fire Department; with aid from Mastersonville Fire Company and Penryn Fire Department, Kreiser’s Garage, and the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Lori Shenk of NWEMS, Chief Stauffer and Officer Adam Webb coordinated and planned this event.

(Photos by Alan Johnson) View the full gallery here.


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One Comment

  1. Mark Brisson

    May 10, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Texting is not just a “teen” problem. There are millions of employees in company cars and fleet vehicles who try to “multi-task” behind the wheel.

    While many states seek to lower distracted driving by increasing penalties, fees and regulations, there is another option. There are anti-texting apps, like AT&T DriveMode which is FREE!

    One area that is rarely discussed is that each state has thousands of government vehicles that inspectors, regulators and the agricultural department use as fleet vehicles, but they do not have the technology to diminish distracted driving. I would love to see one state lead by example and use a program, like FleetMode, to block texts, redirect incoming phone calls, and impede all other apps in the State vehicles. If we want our state roads to be safer, let’s start by making our state vehicles safer.

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