Drink-drive re­al­ity bites

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By JESSICA FLOYDCRABBE

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents were faced with a sense of re­al­ism last week af­ter the an­nual SADD mock crash.

Skilled vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing an am­bu­lance, the lo­cal fire ser­vice, Mata­mata po­lice, and a con­tract­ing com­pany pro­vid­ing the truck used in the sim­u­la­tion, helped make the day pos­si­ble.

The crash had been a month in the mak­ing, but this year’s Stu­dents Against Driv­ing Drunk com­mit­tee have been plan­ning an awe­some week filled with dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties since the start of the year.

SADD com­mit­tee coleader Laura Barr said the mock crash was a huge suc­cess.

‘‘ So many peo­ple turned up to see this.

‘‘It was prob­a­bly one of the best mock crashes Mata­mata Col­lege has seen to date.

‘‘ Usu­ally they just have a bent-up car and that’s it, but this time we had ac­tors and fire en­gines and the lot – it was awe­some.’’

Au­gust 12 to 16 was the of­fi­cial national SADD week, with hun­dreds of New Zealand sec­ondary schools tak­ing part in SADDthemed ac­tiv­i­ties to raise aware­ness and help teenagers re­alise the ef­fects of drink­ing while driv­ing.

‘‘I re­ally en­joyed the chal­lenges of pro­mot­ing SADD with my colead­ers and think ev­ery­thing went re­ally well for our first year,’’ SADD com­mit­tee coleader Candice Herbst said.

‘‘I hope that this has left a pos­i­tive ef­fect on stu­dents at Mata­mata Col­lege.’’

Hun­dreds of stu­dents from all lev­els rushed to the front carpark at lunchtime to the sight of a sur­prise sim­u­lated car ac­ci­dent.

Hushed whispers and shocked ex­pres­sions were every­where, with some of the younger stu­dents even ask­ing if it was all real.

With five con­vinc­ing ac­tors play­ing roles of the vic­tims in the crash and the emer­gency ser­vices join­ing forces to get them out of the car, it did in­deed look re­al­is­tic.

This year the Mata­mata Col­lege SADD com­mit­tee put up a no­tice board and asked stu­dents to write on a post-it note what they would miss if they died in a drink-driv­ing ac­ci­dent.

It was com­pletely cov­ered within a week.

The com­mit­tee also held a SADD-themed Amaz­ing Race, with SADD-re­lated chal­lenges such as quizzes, get­ting out of a car, and many more.

‘‘It’s been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and would gladly do it again!’’ Laura said.

‘‘I can’t be­lieve how suc­cess­ful it was, and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds for SADD.’’

Shock fac­tor: Mata­mata Col­lege SADD com­mit­tee mem­bers act out a se­ri­ous crash for their class­mates.

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