Cambridge Fire, Police and Pro EMS Provide High School Students With a Live Demonstration of the Perils of Drunk Driving

On Thursday morning, May 14th, Students against Drunk Driving (SADD) from North Cambridge’s Matignon High School hosted Cambridge Fire and Police Department along with Pro EMS for a live demonstration of the consequences of drunk driving.
With their prom that night, the students took a proactive approach to one of the most dangerous behaviors of high school students: driving while drinking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death among youth ages 15-20.
Matignon_HS_Simulation 2Members of Matignon’s SADD demonstrated to their fellow students the dangers of what can happen when people drink and drive by showing two cars colliding by drivers under the influence of alcohol. Students were dressed in prom attire and seated in the cars as if they were just in the collision. Fake blood and goriness adorned the injured. Cambridge Fire apparatus along with Pro EMS ambulances came screaming in with their sirens along with several Cambridge Police vehicles. Cambridge firefighters and paramedics used the “jaws of life” to pry open the cars to free the trapped students. Fire personnel and Pro EMS paramedics and EMTs simulated life-saving maneuvers on the injured while taking them away on stretchers to the awaiting ambulances. The Cambridge Police arrested the “drunk driver” and removed him in front of the watching student body to the police wagon.
Vice Principal, Patricia D’Angelo said the school invites the Cambridge Fire and Police Departments to demonstrate to the students the real life consequences of teens driving while drinking. “I believe this brings home the dire outcomes of risky behavior in drunk driving”, said Ms. D’Angelo. “We are thrilled that the city of Cambridge provides our students with this realistic demonstration.”
SADD’s mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.

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