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PCSO and Rural Metro Fire Stage an Alcohol Related Fatal Collision Crash for High School Students Before Prom Night
Posted: 4/9/2014 12:00 AM

On March 19th, 2014 sirens blared and lights flashed as the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and the Rural Metro Fire Department rushed to the scene of a staged automobile collision at the Combs High School in San Tan Valley.

After emergency responders arrived, they began to assist the crash victims and assess the damages. Soon after an air ambulance could be heard closing in on the scene. Students stood close by watching the dramatics unfold, thankfully it was all staged.

The Combs High School Administration, Rural Metro Fire Department and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office staged an alcohol related crash before prom night to warn the students of the dangers of driving while impaired.

Colin Williams from Rural Metro Fire Department and PCSO Traffic Deputy Roderick Harrison were both on loud speakers, explaining the entire scene and the actions of law enforcement and medical personnel as first responders did their jobs.

Four students volunteered to participate in this scenario. The driver of the crashed vehicle was investigated for Manslaughter and Impaired Driving as a result of the collision. He was arrested in front of the students to show what would happen if the scenario was real. Medical personnel at the scene treated two victims. One of the victims was seriously injured and the other died at the scene.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Every year across the country, numerous high school students are killed in alcohol related crashes. In an effort to prevent these types of crashes from occurring, our office sponsors graduation lock-down events, mock crash presentations, we have created public safety announcements and have deputies talk to students at schools about the dangers and consequences of driving while impaired. These efforts have been extremely successful and we will continue to support all efforts to help students make the correct choice and not get behind the wheel while impaired. Our Traffic Unit will be working full force on graduation night to ensure there is nobody driving while impaired.”

Here is a link to our public safety announcements which have aired in various theaters and television stations throughout Pinal County.

Domestic Violence PSA:
Anti-Bully PSA:

PCSO Community Resources and Traffic Units have completed several of these mock crash presentations for high school students. The next mock crash presentation is scheduled at Superior High School on April 28th, 2014.

Public Information Officer

Mark Clark

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