Submitted by BHS Principal Henry Turner
On April 29th the Bedford High School Peer Leaders will be presenting a day-long drunk driving and distracted driving prevention program. This program will consist of two distinct parts including a “Grim Reaper Day” and mock accident.
Grim Reaper programs were originally created by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) to bring to life the statistic that says “every 53 minutes a life is lost a a result of an impaired driving crash”. BHS will be recognizing this statistic by making an announcement during the last five minutes of each period during the day. Each announcement will describe a situation where a BHS student is lost in a fictional impaired driving accident.
The Junior and Senior classes will also be witnessing a “Mock Drunk Driving Accident” on this date. This biennial event shows the after effects of an impaired driving accident from the perspectives of both the driver and the loved ones of the victim. The event will include emergency response scene management, a memorial service for the victim, and will demonstrate potential ramifications for the driver.
We believe that this is an important day for students to learn about the realities of when people choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or while driving while distracted. We also recognize that this will be a somber day and may be difficult for some students.
The Peer Leaders have discussed the purpose and logistics of this day all week with students through BHS Live. If you are concerned about your child experiencing this day, please contact your child’s guidance counselor and they will work with you and your child about ways to best support them on the 29th.