WINNIPEG – Students are walking away from a mock car crash with a glimpse of the dangers of distracted driving.
The demonstration involved real cars, actors and members of the RCMP, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service along with STARS Air Ambulance.
About 250 teenagers watched the aftermath of a rear-end collision where one person died and another was airlifted.
Afterwards, Gray Academy grade 12 student Stephanie Kalo told Global News it was an eye-opening experience.
“I was just thinking about how sad it is that today the accidents that happened, a lot of them are preventable,” says Kalo. “For being distracted because of texting… It’s something that can so easily not happen.”
Students also heard from a victim of distracted driving that had to learn to walk again.
RCMP say the rate of death caused by distracted driving is close to the rate of death caused by impaired driving.
“You are driving a vehicle that is sometimes considered a weapon and everything you do behind that wheel can have serious consquences, ” said RCMP Sgt. Larry Dalman