Sophomore religion classes are experiencing a day-long, in-school field trip as part of Sudden Impact, an interactive program for teenagers about the risks and dangers of improper use of motor vehicles. State police officers and nurses spoke to the students, answered questions, and showed videos about the dangers of driving impaired, driving without a seat belt, and distracted driving. They also heard stories from families impacted by drunk driving. While the information was sometimes difficult to hear, with motor vehicle crashes being the number one killer of teens and six of ten teen crashes being caused by some type of distraction, it is critical for these new drivers to be aware and educated.
Sudden Impact is facilitated by the Injury Prevention Program for University Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center and by the Louisiana State Police.