But don’t worry – it was just a drill. The exercise was designed to teach nearly 800 of the high school’s students the importance of not being distracted or impaired while driving.
While the mock crash was designed for the students, I think it was a good reminder for drivers of all ages.
When I was in high school, I never thought that I or any of my classmates would be affected by a serious car accident. But on May 31, 2007, we all were.
I spent my morning in a driver’s education session with a handful of other girls from my class. Just before they showed us the gruesome videos of crashes, our session was cut short. We had learned that one of our classmates had died after being in a car accident.
The night before, our classmate Cady was taking a friend home from a movie. As Cady was driving through an intersection, a distracted teen driver crashed into her car.
Since then, Cady’s accident has served as a reminder to me every time I get into my car to put the distratctions aside. Because the phone calls, text messages, emails, snapchats and everything else that my magic little smartphone can do can wait until I reach my destination.