This is the time of the year when our teen drivers are up against the highest risks for car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere throughout South Florida.
To help to minimize these risks and to provoke safer driving habits within these drivers, the Boca Raton-based Dori Slosberg Foundation is organizing accident reenactments throughout the South Florida area, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Each year, many local high schools partake in these mock accidents to drive home the dangers of both distracted driving and drinking and driving to our young drivers.
“You never know how effective it’s going to be,” said the spokesman for the Palm beach County Fire-Rescue, Capt. Don De Lucia. “You figure if you save one (student), you accomplished something.”
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that these mock accidents get pretty elaborate, making them as real as possible to really convey the message of the dangers on our roadways. During many of these mock accidents there are fire-rescue trucks, emergency responders and even helicopters deployed to make it as real as possible. Organizers say that the realism of it all helps to make the message stick with these young, inexperienced drivers.
According to the latest research, showing accident victims and car wrecks keeps the message fresh in teen’s minds. Just a few days later, their invincibility returns and the message is lost. For this reason, it’s important to keep roadway dangers as a common topic of conversation with your teen. Talking with them about the dangers of poor driving habits can help them to create and exercise safe and responsible habits and ultimately help to avoid a potentially fatal accident.
These accident reenactments are put on several times a year at schools throughout the county. The Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue organizes these events. Many times, schools will go out of their way to put on shows for their upperclassmen students around big events.
Organizers of the event say that the realism of the reenactments really hit home with the young audience. Division Chief Al Diliello of the Pembroke Pines Fire-Rescue says that teens are on the edge of their seats during these shows, including a fatal accident resulting from an impaired driver and another fatalities resulting from distracted driving. These stories hit home because they’re situations that many of these teens find themselves in behind the wheel. In one of the reenactments, the jaws of life are even brought in to save students from a car wreck. The realism helps to reiterate the importance of the safe driving habits we all talk about.
Studies indicate that teen car accident-related fatalities spike during the summer months. In 2010, there were nearly 27,000 of these young people involved in car accidents across the state of Florida. Car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for teens across the country.