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Mock crash demonstration being held in Missoula

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The mock crash demonstration is being held at the Osprey stadium. (MTN News photo) The mock crash demonstration is being held at the Osprey stadium. (MTN News photo)

High school sophomores from around the Missoula area will learn more about the dangers of distracted driving on Wednesday morning.

The annual “Arrive Alive:  Your Choices Matter” event will be held at 9:30 am. at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field. Students will take part in an educational re-enactment of a crash caused by distracted driving.

Organizers say the event is part of an effort to reduce the number of accidents caused by teen distracted driving and driving under the influence.  The US Centers for Disease Control reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in the U.S.

Statistics from Mother's Against Drunk Driving show that every 90 seconds, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash, and every 53 minutes someone dies in a drunk driving crash.

The mock crash will provide a realistic look at the serious and horrifying consequences of distracted driving, lack of seat belt use and driving under the influence while reminding youth that their “Choices Matter” and to make smart choices when they get into a vehicle.

Several community agencies donated their time and services for the event, including Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Community Medical Center, Life Flight Network Air Medical, Missoula Emergency Services Ambulance, Missoula County Sheriff, Montana Highway Patrol, Missoula City Police, Missoula City Fire, Missoula Rural Fire, Red’s Towing, Garden City Funeral Homes, Beach Transportation, Missoula Osprey, Missoula Forum for Children and Youth and Missoula County Schools.

Residents may hear sirens and see multiple emergency vehicles in the area of Ogren Park at Allegiance Field as part of the drill.

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