It’s that time of year again when Forest Lake High School, in conjunction with various public safety agencies from the area, will conduct their annual mock car crash on Thursday, April 26 beginning at 10:20 a.m.
The event will illustrate the potential impact and tragic outcomes of impaired and distracted driving crashes. Public safety personnel from Forest Lake police and fire departments, North Memorial EMS and its helicopter, as well as Roberts Family Funeral Home will respond to a mock crash scene at FLHS as if it were an actual crash.
The event will conclude Friday, April 27 with a mock funeral at 8 a.m. that will involve a video presentation outlining the before, during and after effects of impaired and distracted driving crashes. This presentation will also involve speakers, including students, school staff and community members.
The two-day mock car crash and mock funeral is more impactful and intended to leave the viewer with greater recognition of the possible consequences of impaired and distracted driving, said Police Capt. Greg Weiss.
This event is called “Every 15 Minutes” which was built around the statistics that every 15 minutes, someone was involved in an alcohol-related car crash. The mock situations are designed to be more realistic by showing all of the elements of an injury or fatal car crash.
During this time of year, there are typically a greater number of traffic crashes due to the increase in activities such as prom, school graduations and holidays such as Memorial Day. Tragically, the number of impaired driving crashes also increases. As a result, crash-related injuries and deaths also increase.
Law enforcement boosts staffing levels during this time of year with programs such as Towards Zero Deaths which is aimed at increasing public awareness and public safety. Both the mock car crash and funeral are conducted in conjunction with the increase in law enforcement patrols.