Humans, by nature, are easily distracted, which is not a good thing when operating any type of motor vehicle.

 

Humans, by nature, are easily distracted, which is not a good thing when operating any type of motor vehicle. In order to emphasize what happens when drivers are distracted, the Chippewa County Mock Car Crash Committee sponsored a mock car crash last Thursday at the fairgrounds in Montevideo.

High school students from Montevideo, the Area Learning Center, and MACCRAY were brought to the fairgrounds to watch a dramatization of what can happen when drivers are distracted.  Participating in the event were the Minnesota State Patrol, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dept., the Montevideo Police Dept., the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital ambulance and rescue crews, North Memorial Air Care, Anderson TeBeest Funeral Home, Wing-Bain Funeral Home, and volunteer students from the MHS drama dept.

Dana Wilson, Chemical Health Case Manager for Chippewa County Family Services, said: “The Mock Car Crash Committee puts on this event to help reduce teen injuries and deaths by raising awareness about distracted driving.”

The event is held every four years, which means that each high school student from the participating schools will get to see the event.

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“It is our goal to make these students aware that distracted driving comes in many forms such as drinking, drug use, texting, adjusting the radio to listen to music, or simply laughing and talking,” said Wilson.

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