Wreck simulation educates teens on driving

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Updated: 5/04/2013 8:18 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - With spring in full swing, it means more motorcycles take to the roads.

Unfortunately, many say that translates into more accidents.

Thanks to the efforts of a local motorcycle chapter, residents got the chance to see a mock accident scene involving a car and motorcycle. They're doing it to bring about awareness.

"It's riding season," said Lisa Lambert, American Legion Riders Post 6 member. "The weather is getting warm and drivers are just not trained to see motorcycles, and we're hoping that this will get the people to watch, because if we do by doing this whole thing, if we save just one life whether we know it or not, it's going to be very well worth it."

The American Legion Riders motorcycle awareness event is about sharing the road and to remind people that it only takes a second before an accident can become fatal.

"It's real life," said Jamie Jones, Corinth resident. "These things really happen and it's very touching to see this stuff up close and personal."

The exercise is designed to educate the general public about the dangers while driving, but also helps with training for police and first responders when it comes to working this simulation to prepare for the real thing.

"Practice is always good in our line of work," Alcorn County Coroner Jay Jones said. "Of course, we will sit down and get together and kind of go over this."

"It's sort of a double-edged sword," said Corinth Police Capt. Chuck Hinds. "We're able to educate the community that motorcycles are going to be hitting the roads a whole lot more now than they have been. The other edge of the sword is we're able to use our emergency services and get them drilled for this."

"This is a good opportunity for everybody to practice [what] is involved in this," said Kim McCreless, E911 director. "It's good for the public to see so that they know what their emergency personnel are going through."

One of the four students who volunteered to be an accident victim says just acting the role out is enough to make her realize how important it is to pay attention at all times when behind the wheel.

"It's just really scary and can actually happen," said student Gracie Wilbanks. "It was a really good experience to just be able to live through it."

Following the outdoor exercise, the crowd moved inside the American Legion Post and listened to interviews from accident victims.
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