Tallulah students learn the dangers of distracted driving with mock crash

Tallulah Academy Delta Christian students host mock crash.
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MADISON PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A mock crash in Madison Parish drove home the message of safe driving to students on Thursday. Tallulah Academy Delta Christian students put the scenario together along with local first responders.

"At the end of the day, we don't want to drink and drive," said Carter Sullivan, a student.

The school's headmaster read students a scenario where one of their peers had just sent a message while driving. When students stepped outside, they saw the consequences of that one text message.

Officials staged a collision where one car crashed into the driver's side of the other.

EMT, Tallulah Police and the Madison Parish Sheriff's Office all had a hand in the mock crash.

Earl Pickney is the Office of Emergency Preparedness Director. He says mocking a scene like this shows teenagers the dangers of distracted driving.

"It's difficult in life to have to face someone and let them know their child is dead," he said.

Parents even attended the mock crash to make it feel more real.

"When I came on the scene, she was dead, and that's not something any parent should ever have to go through," said Elise McCormick, a parent.

Mary Claude Glass is a teacher at the academy. She said they did all of this to teach students a life lesson, so it does not become a reality.

"I also think it was great for the younger students to see what could happen when you're irresponsible with your vehicles," Glass said. "Also, it puts themselves in the situation that's dangerous, and that would affect those around them."

The mock crash was not just for the students though. Paramedics, officers and firefighters were able to update and refresh their training.

"We have these exercises to train us for readiness to be prepared how to handle it," Pickney said. "It's needed. So we know what to do, how to do it and when to do it."

Officials say they took note of flaws in Thursday's mock crash, so they could see what they need to fix before a real accident.