Distracted Driving - Central County Fire & Rescue

Distracted Driving

More than 1,000 people are injured every day in distracted driving crashes. CCFR and other emergency services agencies came together to make this statistic as real as possible for high school students at Francis Howell North High School.



The car is mangled in pieces, one student lies on the hood of the car after being thrown through the windshield, while another lies lifeless in the front seat. Luckily, it’s all part of a drinking and driving simulation exercise. But, officials from Central County Fire and Rescue (CCFR) and other local emergency response agencies hope this image remains at the forefront of the minds of local high students as they enter prom and graduation season.

CCFR, The St. Charles County Ambulance District, the St. Peters Police Department, Cardinal Towing, and Baue Funeral Home participated in the simulation which included a demolished vehicle and students in full makeup and costumes acting as victims of a serious car accident.

“In 2010 more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, we want to lower this statistic,” says CCFR Chief Russ Mason. “When students see their friends as victims of a car accident being removed from the scene, while parents stand by distraught and crying it makes the situation very real. Our hope is that this simulation will help save lives this prom and graduation season.”