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Crash Drill Teaches Students Dangers of Distracted Driving

Created: 04/08/2014 10:55 PM KAALtv.com
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- Students at Kasson-Mantorville High School got a realistic lesson in the importance of safe driving. Emergency responders showed them just what they encounter when someone behind the wheel makes a careless decision. 

It’s a site nobody wants to witness. Emergency crews responding to a deadly crash involving teenagers. Tuesday's mock crash was not meant as a scare tactic, but as a dose of reality.

"I had no idea it was going to be like this at all,” said student, Katelyn Goodman.

Crews rushed to cut the teens from smashed vehicles. "They rear ended another vehicle that crossed the center line and hit another head on,” said MN State Trooper, Eric Bormann.

Mayo One flew in to help load up the bodies.

"We want to make prom a safe time, we want the kids to actually think before they get in the vehicle to make a good choice,” said K-M teacher, Cori Ronnenberg.

With Kasson-Mantorville High School prom this weekend, you'd think the mock crash would focus on drinking and driving, but this year there's another lesson to be learned.

"When people text and drive their chances of being in a fatal or injury crash sky rockets to the point where it's even worse or as bad as driving while impaired,” said Bormann.

Distracted driving has become one of the biggest hazards behind the wheel, making texting while driving a rising factor in fatal crashes.

"I think maybe it's an eye opener, like my life could flash before my eyes before I know it,” said Goodman.

A mindset organizers of this mock crash hope other students share. "If we can save one life, we did our job and I think watching the students, the staff, it really hit home this year,” said Ronnenberg.

"It just hit me knowing I could know someone who could die from a car accident this easy from that, knowing a friend, classmate, parent or anyone, it just touches the heart,” said Goodman.

Several crews from Dodge County helped out with the mock crash today. The K-M student actors spent lots of time preparing for the event, they're apart of Students Against Destructive Driving, otherwise known as SADD.