Schools & Teenage Driving...
you may all have seen posts by me before, i don't know, but just in case:
I am 17, in high school (a senior), in an Explorers post (fire, obviously), and will eventaully (after college) become a paramedic/firefighter...
but for now...i am still looking to get what i can acomplished...
My issue i would like to bring up...is drinking and wreckless driving in regards to teenagers. I AM NOT here to lecture whether teens should drink or not, but rather the fact that they (we...i am a teenager) often get into cars drunk (...though, not me in this case).
at my school, a police officer speaks to a few grade levels individually (with a powerpoint presentation) about the risks of not wearing a seat belt, reckless driving, drinking/driving, etc...and we had two paramedics (from Florida i beleive) that tour the country and give a GRAPHIC presentation about drinking/driving (they show slides of peoples (dead) bodies traped within the mangled car...blood and all) but they won't be back this year.
My question is...what else can my school (I am primarily the one pushing the administration to do more...) do to show the risks? Especially for the senior class, who most likly won't be lectured on this because we have been through it before...but we ALWAYS need reminders...(some of my friends are just out-right stupid...don't ask me why i befriend them...)
I have heard that Arch Medical (the med-evac heliocopter company...) and local police dept and fire dept offer a 'simulator' to schools showing a simulated car wreck and the extrication process and whatnot...do you all know of details about that?
what else do you all recomend I can sugest to the school that could be done...?
(ps: i posted this in the MO board becuase i was hoping you all, at least those from the STL and surrounding areas could give info in regards to things you may have heard/seen or done before for situations like this
should i also possibly make a post in the main forum about this too, whether it is the same or a little different?)
The answer is staring you in the face....right around the corner.
I assume you are in Missouri. Please contact Anheuser-Busch with your query. They have extensive programs dealing with the prevention of underage drinking and drunk driving. One speaker you may want to request from them is Barbara Babb. She delivers a graphic, factual and memorable presentation on video to high-school and college students about the tragic consequences of underage drinking and drunk driving.
From their website http://www.beeresponsible.com/home
Visit their website...they are based, of course, in St. Loius.
Barbara Babb has been a registered nurse for more than twenty years. In 1984, she joined an emergency helicopter service and began applying her skills and expertise to the care of trauma victims. All too often, Barbara's job entailed trying to save the lives of teenage drunk driving victims. Barbara is still working to save lives, but now she's doing it in high schools across America. In 1985, she assembled a factual presentation, based on true stories about her experiences, to underscore the consequences of underage drinking and drunk driving. Barbara's presentation is part of Anheuser-Busch's “Make The Right Call” program to help stop underage drinking before it starts.
Barbara does not lecture students, she simply tells them what she saw and uses slides of real accidents to stress the importance of making good decisions. Barbara tells teenagers that they have the power, as well as the responsibility, to make smart choices. Her aim is to dispel the invincible “it can't happen to me” attitude and drive home the fact that underage drinking and drunk driving are serious issues with serious consequences. She delivers her message to more than 50,000 students each year.
For her efforts, Barbara received the 1997 National Commission Against Drunk Driving's 13th Annual Education and Prevention Award. She also received a Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1988. She has participated in a White House briefing on drunk driving, served on the Missouri Seat Belt Coalition, and was appointed a member of the State of Missouri's Task Force on Driving while Intoxicated.