Purdy FCCLA hosts eye-opening mock crash for high school students

On April 5, Purdy Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter orchestrated a powerful demonstration aimed at educating high school students about the consequences of reckless driving.

The mock crash event, organized in collaboration with various local agencies, offered a sobering glimpse into the potential aftermath of a serious car accident.

The event, held at Purdy High School, saw active participation from students in grades 9-12, including Jeffrey Drake, Hunter Lee, Julia McDonald, Bryce Ozbun and Makenna Willis. These brave individuals took on roles as crash victims, experiencing firsthand the harrowing consequences of unsafe driving practices.

The mock crash scenario was made as realistic as possible, thanks to the collaborative efforts of several agencies. Cox Injury Prevention, Cox Air Care, Purdy Police, Purdy EMS, Barry County 911 Dispatch, Missouri Highway Patrol, Barry Lawrence County Ambulance, and Barry County Coroner all played pivotal roles in ensuring the authenticity and impact of the demonstration.

Throughout the event, students witnessed emergency responders in action, demonstrating the coordinated efforts required to handle such tragic situations. From the arrival of law enforcement and medical personnel to the extrication of injured individuals and even the solemn duties of the coroner, every aspect of the aftermath was portrayed with meticulous attention to detail.

The goal of the mock crash was not only to shock and educate but also to instill a sense of responsibility and awareness among young drivers. By witnessing the devastating consequences of unsafe driving behaviors, students were encouraged to make safer choices behind the wheel and to recognize the importance of being vigilant and cautious on the road.

‘We believe that events like this can have a profound impact on young drivers,’ said Amy Harkey, Purdy FCCLA advisor. ‘Our hope is that by experiencing the realities of a mock crash, students will think twice before engaging in risky behaviors while driving.’

The collaborative effort between Purdy FCCLA and local agencies underscores the commitment of the community to prioritize the safety and well-being of its youth. By coming together to deliver this powerful message, they have taken proactive steps to prevent future tragedies on the roads.

As the event concluded, students were left with a newfound appreciation for the importance of responsible driving and a deeper understanding of the potentially devastating consequences of reckless behavior behind the wheel. Through initiatives like the mock crash, Purdy FCCLA and its partners continue to make strides in promoting road safety and saving lives.

The impact of the mock crash is expected to resonate with students long after the event, serving as a poignant reminder of the critical role each individual plays in ensuring the safety of themselves and others on the roadways.

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