"It's not smart, Just don't do it." Students respond following mock car crash in Richfield

Published on October 03, 2017 at 01:47PM


Students in Richfield have a better understanding of what could happen if they drive drunk, or drive distracted. Utah Highway Patrol, EMS, local fire and police all took part in a mock car crash in the Richfield High School parking lot on Monday.

Students sat outside on bleachers, looking at the sight of a car crash, staged for their benefit. Audio played over the speakers setting the scene with a 911 call for help.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene and started working to get help to the victims—who are really student actors. They used the jaws of life to cut at the cars and get the students out. They even brought in a helicopter to transport the worse of the wounded.

Sgt. Clay Morgan with UHP puts these mock crashes together. He said in the past five years he’s been doing this, he’s received positive feedback from students.

“It kind of wakes them up, we hope,” Morgan said.

Three freshman who watched the scene, said their eyes were opened.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to sit in a car with someone who’s drunk ever,” said Connor Jensen. “I don’t think I’ll ever do it myself either.”

“Not paying attention to the road is really dangerous,” said Brayden Holland.

“You might just think it’s jut going to affect you, but it affects everyone. It affects the officers, the firefighters. It affects even the people who see the wreck,” said Ty Morgan, son of Sgt. Morgan. “A\It’s not smart. Just don’t do it.”

Sgt. Morgan said the first responders learn from the experience too.

“It’s a training for them as well. They get to cut the top of the car. They get to make sure the kids are safe while they’re doing it,” Morgan said.

He adds that it’s also rewarding for the responders to see that it has an affect on the students.