Mock Crash Teaches Teens A Hard Lesson
Every year, the Valley roadways see preventable fatalities involving young people. The UNLV campus had displayed a crash caused by impaired driving. The visualization is meant to bring awareness to the consequences of teens driving impaired.
“I know this is a mock-up, but this happens,” says parent Konnie Dembeck. “You read about it almost every day: Car wreck. But when you hear the car wreck, you don’t hear the details about bloody bodies.”
Fortunately in today’s accident at UNLV no one dies. As a part of Teen Driver Safety Day, volunteer actors and first responders give local teens and parents an idea of what really happens when they drive impaired or distracted.
Matthew Dembeck, who is learning to drive, says the accident mock up is a good lesson.
“I think you just have to be aware what you are risking. You have your whole life ahead of you and by doing a stupid thing like going out and drinking, or doing something like that, you’re really taking a risk on your own life and somebody else’s life. That idea, that you could end up taking someone else’s life is a really scary thought. It’s almost even scarier than — it is even scarier than — losing your own life,” Dembeck says.
In 2016, 21 young drivers statewide were killed on the road. Three were in Washoe County, one in Nye and 17 in Clark County. Officer Charles “Chuck” Harvey sees the real consequences of teens driving impaired.
“It’s sad knowing that someone lost a life,” says Harvey. “It’s sad knowing that the driver is going to probably do some time in jail or prison. It affects their family because now they’re taken away from their family. It is a sad thing that shouldn’t have happened. You wish you can pound sense into those kids but you can’t. It’s just sad all away around.”