Squad 2 conducts drunk driving accident simulation for prom-goers

Seniors at JP Stevens H.S. "witness" a fatal car accident involving prom attendees and alcohol, demonstrating the consequences of drinking and driving...
Seniors at JP Stevens H.S. "witness" a fatal car accident involving prom attendees and alcohol, demonstrating the consequences of drinking and driving. The presentation, conducted by members of Edison First Aid Squad #2 and the Edison Twp. Police Dept., and sponsored by the JPS High School chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving (S.A.D.D.), took place on the front lawn of the school on Grove Ave.

In the presentation, several "students" who attended the prom were drinking alcohol and then decided to drive to their after-prom activities. The driver, who was severely intoxicated, lost control and rammed a telephone pole, resulting in injuries to several occupants and ejecting one student through the windshield, resulting in her death. Upon arrival of the EPD, the squad and fire department were called to rescue the victims.

Using the Jaws-of-Life™ and various rescue tools, members of the Squad 2 Vehicle Rescue Team cut away parts of the vehicle to gain access and remove the entrapped victims. EMTs from the squad along with paramedics from JFK Medical Center's "Mercy 9" Advanced Life Support unit "treated" the patients, and the medics "pronounced" the dead student on scene over the loudspeaker, sending a sense of realism through the students watching from the school. Finally, the driver was led away in handcuffs by the police, to face charges for the crimes he committed resulting from a night of partying.

Students watching the presentation found it very realistic and, at times, "disturbing", as one student remarked. Several students could even been seen crying. The presentation was followed by speeches and poems from members of S.A.D.D., who urged their fellow students to have a safe, alcohol free prom.

EFAS#2 thanked all those agencies who helped make the presentation the great success it was, including the Edison PD, Edison Fire Department, Mercy 9 Paramedics, S.A.D.D., and the JPS HS faculty and building services. The squad hopes to continue their trend of an accident-free prom night, and look forward to next year demonstration.