MOCK Car Wreck Sends Clear Message to Students, Seatbelts Save Lives!

Watching a classmate carried away in a body bag leaves a serious impact. Thankfully, in this case, the experience was part of a MOCK car wreck aimed at showing Rangely Jr. and Sr. High School students that Seatbelts Save Lives! Student council members worked with the Colorado State Patrol, Rangely Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance, and Hospital to set up the realistic car wreck and scenario to act out the wreck’s aftermath in the front parking lot of the high school. The Rangely District Hospital shared on Facebook the details of the impactful demonstration. “Students gathered in the parking lot while Jasper Whiston of the Fire department narrated the incident that included one student being found ejected from the vehicle because he was not wearing a seatbelt. Although 3 other students had injuries, they all survived the incident because they were wearing their seatbelts. The school got to watch while the occupants were extricated from the vehicle and taken to the ambulance and the one ejected was placed in a body bag.” What better way to drive the message home than by showing rather than telling about the consequences of choosing to wear a seatbelt or not. 

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.