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Mock Crash an Eye-Opener for Teen Drivers

September 20, 2016 8:09 AM | News

RCMP Mock Collision

RCMP and Winnipeg police tend to a ‘victim’ during a mock crash demonstration in Headingley on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. (RCMP HANDOUT / FILE)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba high school students will get a crash course on the risks of driving while distracted this week.

The Manitoba Brain Injury Association and Manitoba Public Insurance are staging the event in Headingley on Thursday morning with law enforcement agencies.

About 250 students will witness the consequence and aftermath of risky behaviour behind the wheel using real vehicles, live actors, special effects and emergency personnel.

“The mock crash is just one of many programs and services offered by MBIA that works towards prevention of brain and other injuries caused by risk-related behaviour,” said David Sullivan, executive director of MBIA.

“The mock crash realistically demonstrates for Manitoba youth the impact and effects of risk-taking behaviour while driving.”

The hope is students will walk away from the exercise realizing the dangers of driving while impaired or distracted. About 250 students from Fisher Branch Collegiate, Warren Collegiate, Oak Park High School, Gray Academy, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, and Transcona High School will attend.

Chapel Lawn Funeral Homes will host the mock crash beginning at 10 a.m.