Police would like to advise Scotch Plains-Fanwood residents that they will be performing a simulated car accident as part of a demonstration for local high school students.
According to police, on Dec. 12th, the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments and Emergency Personnel along with the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students from Scotch Plains – Fanwood High School, the Municipal Alliance Committee and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Chemical Dependence Committee will be conducting a simulation drill involving a car accident, which will be staged on Happel Court.
This event is scheduled to take place between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The rationale for this activity is to simulate the potential loss of life and injury due to distracted driving and driving under the influence.
According to the State of New Jersey, every 10 minutes, a teen is involved in a motor vehicle accident. On average, there are over 47,000 crashes involving teen drivers each year in the State of New Jersey.
Once this simulation begins, Happel Court will not be accessible for traffic. Also, there will be numerous first responders (police and fire departments) present at the front of the school (Happel Court side) for the duration of the day.
This simulation is designed to be a valuable learning opportunity for the students.