Mock crash delivers powerful message
MADD Burin Peninsula raise awareness of impaired driving dangers at Fortune Arena
Students from Burin Peninsula schools silently looked on as the events of the mock crash played out in front of them.
Held May 2 at Fortune Arena, it offered a dramatic depiction of events leading up to a fatal accident, then presented how those left behind are impacted by such tragic and avoidable moments.
In a staged high school assembly, teachers, police and members of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers talked to students about the dangers of driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. For the performance, the students acted as if they are exchanging text messages about their plans for the night, reading aloud the so-called texts so they can be heard by all.
The teens later celebrated at a cabin party, prior to the performance’s dramatic turn. First responders contributed to the event, which ended with a funeral scene.
Many of the students who viewed the mock crash received its message.
“I thought it was really informative,” said Darcy Edward, a level II student at Holy Name of Mary Academy, in Lawn, “It got a lot across to the youth of the peninsula. I think it hit home for some people, especially with the (personal) stories told like the one (about) Cory Kenway that hit hard definitely — it was a big eye opener.”
Kenway, a Baine Harbour native, was killed in a 2004 single-vehicle impaired driving accident. He was a passenger in the vehicle and only 17.
Edwards added that for him one of the most powerful images depicted during the event was that of a young women being taken from the vehicle as she screams to the person in the driver seat, who’s character in the mock crash dies. “That was pretty shocking,” he said.
Chloe Murphy, a Grade 9 student from Christ the King school in Rushoon, the same school Kenway attended, said the event was very powerful and moving.
“We’ve always been taught at the school don’t drink and drive,” she explained.
The event, which is designed to raise awareness to the dangers of driving impaired, was sponsored by the Burin Peninsula Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada.
Roma Hennebury, chapter president, said the event went very well, “and sent a powerful message to all who attended.”
That message, she said, is that they are the ones who can make change happen.
“They have that ability to make the right choice and separate drinking or using drugs from driving,” she said. “It is within them to change the statistics and help us in our mission.”
Hennebury also added that the use of stark imagery helped bring home the message.
“The closing scene with the casket was a very powerful and stark image of the consequences of driving while impaired.”
Members of the Burin Peninsula RCMP along with paramedics, emergency medical responders took part in the MADD mock crash event.
The students depicted the events of a shed party that takes a turn for the worse.
The mock crash demonstration also featured youth play-acting in a funeral for a friend killed in the simulated impaired driving incident.