Concordia High School Student Council hosts mock accident
The Concordia High School Student Council hosted a mock traffic accident on Friday, April 7. According to Tara Merrick, student council advisor, the school hosts the event every other year.
“We try to have it every other year so it doesn’t lose its effectiveness,” she said. ”Five senior student council members were involved in the accident. McKenna Meyer, Tate Bittiker, Jessica Hemme, Sabrina Limback and Laura Edwards all had roles.”
The purpose of the mock accident is to teach students the dangers of distracted driving, whether that is having too many passengers in the car, texting and driving, or drinking and driving.
“We like to do the event in the spring, right before prom and graduation, to just remind the kids that safe driving is a big responsibility,” Merrick added. “After the mock accident, the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows a video and answers any questions the kids might have. This is also done in correlation with kids signing pledges to stay safe and sober with the Missouri Safe and Sober program.”
Students in grades nine through 12 observe the event. Agencies involved in the event were Concordia Fire Protection District and EMS, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lafayette County Sheriff’s office, Concordia Police Department and Life Flight Eagle.