Realistic simulation showcases dangers of distracted driving

Posted at 3:01 PM, Apr 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-06 17:04:28-04

(WARNING: While the scene depicted in this simulation is staged, some viewers may find the images disturbing.)

WASATCH , Utah --Though the scenario was a simulation, students at a Utah school were shown firsthand how serious and even grisly the scene of an accident caused by distracted driving can be.

The Wasatch County Safe Kids Coalition teamed up with a variety of emergency response agencies and visited Wasatch High School to put on a very realistic looking representation of the consequences of distracted driving.

Officer Salvador Segura of the Heber City Police Department said such crashes occur too often, and he said they hope teens who saw the demonstration take the lesson to heart and devote their full attention to driving.

"There's just too many crashes out there that people get too relaxed, and they think that they can text when they are on their way instead of stopping and pulling over or texting before they get into a vehicle," Segura said. "And that's the reason why we wanted to have this mock crash: to show the kids the dangers that could happen, that you could die."

The event was put on by the Wasatch County Safe Kids Coalition, The Wasatch County Health Department, the Heber Valley Medical Center, the Heber City Police Department, the Utah Highway Patrol, Wasatch County fire and EMS personnel, school district officials and the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office.